Susan Abulhawa: Grace in the Face of Violence

Susan Abulhawa is a human rights activist and political commentator – and she’s now regarded as one of Palestine’s most accomplished writers. Her debut novel, Mornings in Jenin, was an international bestseller, translated into 26 languages.

Now she reaches stunning new heights in her masterful second novel, Against The Loveless World. Opening with the testimony of Nahr from the Cube, a tiny breeze-block room where she has been imprisoned in solitary confinement for several years, she recounts the story of her life and her move to Palestine.

It is a profoundly moving tale at that, in which she learns to deal with subordination and violence – learns what steps she will need to take for survival. Courageous, compulsive and at times shocking, Abulhawa’s novel is a dazzling achievement and a defiant counterblast to misogyny in its many forms. She discusses her work with prize-winning Egyptian novelist and political commentator Ahdaf Soueif.

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