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I am Yusuf and This Is My Brother
     

I am Yusuf and This Is My Brother

by Amir Nizar Zuabi
 

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I am Yusuf and This Is My Brother is a powerful, poetic exploration of history, memory and different forms of love.

'Before it happened I didn't know those people existed. Now I'm not certain that we do...'


January 1948. Palestine. The British Mandate is ending. The UN is voting on who will control what part of the land.

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I am Yusuf and This Is My Brother is a powerful, poetic exploration of history, memory and different forms of love.

'Before it happened I didn't know those people existed. Now I'm not certain that we do...'


January 1948. Palestine. The British Mandate is ending. The UN is voting on who will control what part of the land.


Ali is in love with Nada - but he is in despair. Her father won't let them marry because his brother Yusuf is 'odd' with his own eccentric, child-like point of view. Rufus, a soldier on the occupying British forces, longs for the cold fogs of Sheffield. War begins and, as the villagers are scattered and become refugees, the secret that's kept Ali and Nada apart is revealed.

Although set within a politically charged context, the play is full of haunting, dreamlike poetry rather than didactic polemicism. Instead of simply exploring the political debate, Zuabi concentrates more on the richness of language and culture. With a keen awareness of the vulnerability and fragile ephemerality of life, I am Yusuf and This Is My Brother explores humanity and love in the context of loss and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408135549
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/10/2014
Series:
Modern Plays
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Young Vic international associate Amir Nizar Zuabi first worked at the Young Vic in 2002 when his production of Alive From Palestine played an extended run to packed houses before touring internationally. His recent work includes Samson and Delilah (Flanders Opera, Antwerp) and a dramatisation of Jidarriya, an epic poem by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, (Edinburgh International Festival, Bouffes du Nord and international tour).


Amir Nizar Zuabi trained as an actor at the Nisan Nativ drama studio and is a founder of the ShiberHur Company. As a director, theatre work includes Alive from Palestine, When the World was Green (Young Vic); Stories Under Occupation (Al Kassaba, Ramallah); Voligo Andare In Prigone (Collosseo Theatre, Rome); Jidaria - Mahmoud Darwish (Palestinian National Theatre); Forget Herostratous; Tale of Autumn (Al Midan, Haifa); War or More, Sneeze and Other Shorts (ShiberHur); Samson and Delilah (Vlamsse Opera House). As a writer, work includes Clinging on Stone; Album; War or More; I am Yusuf and This Is My Brother.

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