By Kimberly Katz, Salim Tamari
Writing in his past due kids and early twenties, Sami'Amr gave his diary an apt subtitle: "The conflict of Life", encapsulating either the political weather of Palestine within the waning years of the British Mandate in addition to the contrasting joys and problems of relatives lifestyles. Now translated from the Arabic, Sami's diary represents a unprecedented artefact of turbulent swap within the heart East. Written over 4 years, those ruminations of a tender guy from Hebron brim with revelations approximately everyday life opposed to a backdrop of great transition. Describing the general public and the personal, the trendy and the conventional, Sami muses on relationships, his station in lifestyles, and different common stories whereas sharing a number of information about a pivotal second in Palestine's glossy historical past. Making those never-before-published reflections to be had in translation, Kimberly Katz additionally offers illuminating context for Sami's phrases, laying out biographical info of Sami, who saved his diary inner most for with regards to sixty years. one in all a constrained variety of Palestinian diaries to be had to English-language readers, the diary of Sami'Amr bridges major chasms in our knowing of center jap, and especially Palestinian, heritage.