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The secret life of Saeed : the Pessoptimist

Author: Imīl Ḥabībī; Salma Khadra Jayyusi; Trevor Le Gassick
Publisher: Northampton, Mass. : Interlink Books, 2003.
Series: Interlink world fiction.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This contemporary classic, the story of a Palestinian who becomes a citizen of Israel, combines fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy. Saeed is the comic hero, the luckless fool, whose tale tells of aggression and resistance, terror and heroism, reason and loyalty that typify the hardships and struggles of Arabs in Israel. An informer for the Zionist state, his stupidity, candor, and cowardice make him more of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Imīl Ḥabībī; Salma Khadra Jayyusi; Trevor Le Gassick
ISBN: 1566564158 9781566564151
OCLC Number: 58564409
Language Note: Translated from Arabic.
Notes: "Israel"--Cover.
Description: xxii, 169 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Interlink world fiction.
Other Titles: Waqāʼiʻ al-gharībah fī ikhtifāʼ Saʻīd Abī al-Naḥs al-Mutashāʼil.
Responsibility: by Emile Habiby ; translated by Salma Khadra Jayyusi and Trevor LeGassick.

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"This contemporary classic, the story of a Palestinian who becomes a citizen of Israel, combines fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy. Saeed is the comic hero, the luckless fool, whose tale tells of aggression and resistance, terror and heroism, reason and loyalty that typify the hardships and struggles of Arabs in Israel. An informer for the Zionist state, his stupidity, candor, and cowardice make him more of a victim than a villain; but in a series of tragicomic episodes, he is gradually transformed from a disaster-haunted, gullible collaborator into a Palestinian-no hero still, but a simple man intent on survival and, perhaps, happiness."--Book cover.

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