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The Book of Disappearance
A Novel

Ibtisam Azem

Translated from the Arabic by Sinan Antoon

Paper $19.95    |    978-0-8156-1111-0    |    2019

ebook 978-0-8156-5483-4

"In Jaffa, the most lively presence is that of the dead. Ibtisam Azem has gifted us with a poignant, mysterious, lyrical, new novel."—Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love

"Using a magical realism as cool and lacerating as that of Borges, Azem builds the story of a young Israeli journalist and his vanished Palestinian friend into a devastating exploration of the nakbah, betrayal, erasure, and love of home. For lovers of Palestinian literature, The Book of Disappearance has earned its place beside Saher Khalifa’s Wild Thorns, and thanks to Sinan Antoon’s masterful translation, Anglophone readers can now experience this thrilling, essential work."—Molly Crabapple, coauthor of Brothers of the Gun

  The Book of Disappearance

  Ibtisam Azem is a Palestinian short story writer, novelist, and journalist, based in New York. She is a senior correspondent for the Arabic daily al-Araby al-Jadeed. She has published two novels in Arabic. Some of her writings have been translated and published in French, German and English in several anthologies and journals. She is working on her third novel and pursuing an MA in Social Work from NYU’s Silver school. Sinan Antoon is a poet, novelist, and translator. He is associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School. His translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s In the Presence of Absence won the 2012 National Translation Award.

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