A day in the life of Abed Salama

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In this work, Nathan Thrall tells a gripping, intimate story of one heartbreaking day in Palestine that reveals lives, loves, enmities, and histories in violent collision.

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A TIME, NEW STATESMAN AND FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION

‘A deeply immersive portrait of daily life in Israel and the West Bank’ The Best Books to Understand the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Financial Times

‘Brims over with just the sort of compassion and understanding that is needed at a time like this ? when facts have become weapons in this seemingly endless conflict, this is a book that speaks with deep and authentic truth of ordinary lives trapped in the jaws of history’ Observer

A gripping, intimate story of one heartbreaking day in Palestine that reveals lives, loves, enmities, and histories in violent collision

Milad is five years old and excited for his school trip to a theme park on the outskirts of Jerusalem, but tragedy awaits: his bus is involved in a horrific accident. His father, Abed, rushes to the chaotic site, only to find Milad has already been taken away. Abed sets off on a journey to learn Milad’s fate, navigating a maze of physical, emotional, and bureaucratic obstacles he must face as a Palestinian.

Interwoven with Abed’s odyssey are the stories of Jewish and Palestinian characters whose lives and pasts unexpectedly converge: a kindergarten teacher and a mechanic who rescue children from the burning bus; an Israeli army commander and a Palestinian official who confront the aftermath at the scene of the crash; a settler paramedic; ultra-Orthodox emergency service workers; and two mothers who each hope to claim one severely injured boy.

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama is a deeply immersive, stunningly detailed portrait of life in Israel and Palestine, and an illumination of the reality of one of the most contested places on earth.

Additional information

Weight0.48 kg
Dimensions24 × 16.2 × 2.7 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

464

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

956.94420049274 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K