Very few Palestinians have written political memoirs documenting their people’s struggle for statehood and liberty. Sari Nusseibeh’s Once Upon a Country is a rarity and therefore a must-read for anyone seeking to see the conflict through the eyes of a brilliant Palestinian, to comprehend and to empathize.
Once Upon a Country is much more than a personal memoir or a collective chronicle. It is a thoroughly contemplative, sensitive, piercing analysis of the modern Palestinian experience, written by a philosopher-turned-politician, who struggles to find his place between the intellectual subtleties of academia and the rough-and-tumble of the Palestinian street and Palestinian politics.
Nusseibeh, a true man of peace, has been an APN guest speaker several times in the past.
Leon Wieseltier, in his New York Times review of Once Upon a Country, referred to it as a “deeply admirable book by a deeply admirable man.” I concur.
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