In her previous novels, Sahar Khalifeh has established herself as the premier feminist Arab novelist; in The Inheritance she breaks new ground in giving voice to Palestinian and Arab women and their economic exile. With its critical portrayal of the Palestinian authority that symbolizes all authorities in the Arab world, their mistakes, and limitations, The Inheritance offers a surprising look at the realities of Palestinian life, and Arab family life in a complex society. As the story of an immigrant torn between two cultures and struggling to adapt to both, Zeynab's tale touches on universals themes that will resonate with readers everywhere.
The Inheritance is a powerful and intense novel, rich with its layers, colorful scenes and its deep human characters.
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About the Author
After the defeat of the Arab states in the 1967 war against Israel, and in the midst of what Khalifeh describes as a "miserable, devastating" marriage, Khalifeh began to write her first novel and severed her marriage against of the norms of both her family and Palestinian society. The Arab defeat in the war of 1967 spurred Khalifeh towards new modes of thinking and creativity which led her greatly towards furthering her writing career.
Praise from the Press
Sahar Khalifeh "is the Virginia Woolf of Palestinian - Arabic literature." Borsenblatt
"Her characters are so real you can actually relate to them by mistaking them for someone you know." The Daily Star - Jordan
"The one Arab novelist who has written one novel after another to show the inseparability of feminist issues from social and political concerns is the Palestinian novelist Sahar Khalifeh, whom I consider the best Arab woman novelist in the twentieth century." Professor Buthaina Shaaban