A Rebel in Gaza: A Daughter of Rafah Speaks

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About the Author
Asmaa Alghoul was born in 1982 in Rafah, in a Palestinian refugee camp in Southern Gaza. She was awarded the prestigious Courage in Journalism Award by the International Women's Media Foundation and is described by The New York Times as a woman "known for her defiant stance against the violations of civil rights in Gaza.

Sélim Nassib was born in Beirut in 1946 and currently lives in Paris. He is a journalist for the French newspaper Libération and the author of the novels I Loved You for Your Voice and The Palestinian Lover (Europa Editions).

Mike Mitchell has translated Peter Handke and Max Frisch, among others.

Praise for A Rebel in Gaza

"Fierce and defiant, Alghoul's book is as much a celebration of Gazan resilience in the face of raging internal and external conflicts as it is of one woman's life-affirming strength of will. An eloquent, provocative, and timely memoir."--Kirkus Reviews

"Debut author Alghoul, a journalist from Rafah, picks apart the paradoxes of being female in Palestine, illustrating in vivid and direct language how Hamas and Fatah, on one hand, and the Israelis, on the other, conspire to restrict acceptable behavior for women in the territory... This searching exploration illuminates the crossroads of gender and Palestinian identity."--Publishers Weekly

"Refreshing and eye-opening... This memoir was a page turner, and I appreciated Asmaa's challenging perspective, her outspokenness and her strength... I would recommend this memoir to anyone interested in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, or to anyone who wishes to read a thrilling memoir by a strong, brave and inspiring woman living under difficult circumstances."--Sayeh Hassan, sister-hood

"A Rebel in Gaza is a love letter to an unloved place... a sparkling memoir... Asmaa Alghoul, who was born in the Rafah refugee camp at the southern end of the Strip, writes with clarity and tenderness of [Gaza's harsh] realities... Despite it all, she insists: 'People continued to laugh in Gaza.' Her own laughter bubbles through the pages of A Rebel in Gaza: a stubborn, defiant joy in living, as keen as her rage or her grief... The world would be poorer without Alghoul's voice, without her warmth, her fury and her laughter."--Ben Ehrenreich, The Guardian

"Alghoul dares to build bridges, to pierce through propaganda, stereotypes, and bigotry, and to provide multicolored snapshots of a conflict that's too often presented in superficial black-and-white sketches. Her stunning book celebrates women's role in resisting hatred, in affirming life while oppressive patriarchal regimes perpetuate war and death. It's a powerful self-portrait of a woman who refuses to cave, who, in fact, chooses to put on a ruby-colored dress and stand out from the crowd: a rebel from Gaza and for a more just world."--Women's Review of Books

"Alghoul [makes] much of literature's ability to subvert doctrinaire conceptual frameworks. [In so] doing, [she] enables Palestinian society to retain a measure of psychological health. Nothing could be more important, as the sad truth is that the occupation shows no sign of coming to an end."--Rayyan Al-Shawaf, The Believer