Parisisk palestiner. Med Isabella HammadFoto: Kathy Coulter

Parisian Palestinian


Isabella Hammad in conversation

Wednesday 22. April 2020, 19:00 until 20:00 – Avlyst

Venue: Wergeland

Host: Litteraturhuset

Entrance: Ticket

Prices: Regular 100,-Student 70,-

Zadie Smith and Jonathan Safran Foer are among the writers praising the ambitious debut of Isabella Hammad, The Parisian. The novel, inspired by Hammad’s own family history, follows the young Palestinian Midhat Kamel, travelling from Nablus to France to study medicine just as the Ottoman Empire is crumbling and the first world war begins. When Kamel later returns to his home city, both he and it have been transformed.

An epic, grand love story, the novel also explores borders and migrations, racism and class as well as the relationship between Europe, the Middle East and the Palestinians in the crucial first half of the 20th century.