Minor Detail

Adania Shibli (Author) Elisabeth Jaquette (Translator)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
May 26, 2020
Pages
144
Dimensions
5.0 X 7.8 X 0.6 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811229074
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About the Author

Adania Shibli, born in 1974 in Palestine, is two-time winner of the Qattan Foundation's Young Writer's Award for this and her acclaimed novel Touch.
Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from the Arabic and Executive Director of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

Reviews

Exquisitely powerful: though focused on the finest details--flakes of rust against skin, the softness of grass--Shibli takes readers to the center of a family and a culture, using the same careful, dispassionate observation to report everyday events like the father's shaving as she does to depict the death of a sibling in area violence. Like a great volume of poetry, Shibli's prose has rhythm and unexpected momentum, and cries for rereading.
The most talked-about writer on the West Bank.--Ahdaf Soueif
In Adania Shibli's subversively quiet, compelling Minor Detail, threads of connection are embodied in a young woman's quest to find almost erased history. Written in spare, careful language (praise also to translator Elisabeth Jaquette), Shibli helps reclaim what would be obliterated by forces actively at work yet today, doing so with a narrative masterfully carrying both surprise and inevitability within. This book has devastation and loss to a shattering, wrenching degree, and yet. Yes, and yet.--Rick Simonson
Adania Shibli takes a gamble in entrusting our access to the key event in her novel - the rape and murder of a young Bedouin woman - to two profoundly self-absorbed narrators - an Israeli psychopath and a Palestinian amateur sleuth high on the autism scale - but her method of indirection justifies itself fully as the book reaches its heart-stopping conclusion.--J. M. Coetzee
"Like an affidavit in its egalitarian specificity--every detail of every character's action is accounted for, and therefore scrutinized. A starkly poetic accounting of a crime, its burial, and its exhumation."--Alia Persico-Shammas