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Isabella Hammad

Isabella Hammad. Foto: Urszula Soltys

Isabella Hammad was born in London, England. Her writing has been published in several magazines, among them The Paris Review. The Parisian (2019) is her first novel.

The Parisian follows Midhat Kamal, a young man leaves his native Nablus, Palestine in 1914 for France to study. However, Midhat, a character inspired by the author's great-grandfather, struggles with being an Arab in wartime Europe, so he returns to Nablus only to discover his countrymen are fighting for independence from the British. The novel follows Midhat over the next 20 years as he lives, loves and loses in France and an increasingly turbulent Middle East. Touching upon themes of race, immigration and the the situation in the Palestine, Hammad also wanted "to explore not only what it means to live with difference but maybe what happens when actually you long for it, for something other than who you are now.” 

Hammad has received much attention and praise for her debut, the Guardian admiring how she "interweaves character and theme, the global and the local, with the assurance of a much more experienced author"


Soon to follow information about Hammad's appearances during Kapittel19. 
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