Ibrahim Nasrallah

Ibrahim Nasrallah is a poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer. He was born in the Wihdat Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan in 1954.nasrallah_ibrahim

He studied in UNRWA schools in the camp and got his teaching degree from a training college in the camp. He moved to Saudi Arabia and worked as a teacher between the years of 1976-1978. Nasrallah then returned to Jordan and worked at Dostur, Afaq and Hasad newspapers.

Today, he is considered one of the most influential and read Arab authors. New editions of his work are being republished every year and are receiving warm welcome by both readers and critics. While several literary critic books have studied his work, it is noted that the younger generation in the Arab world are on the top list of his readers. Many of his books were translated and published in foreign languages, and tens of scholarly researches were dedicated to his work in Arab and foreign universities.

Novels

    • Prairies of Fever, Arabic edition 1985; English edition by Interlink 1993
    • The Barking Dog (Aw), 1990
    • Just the Two of Us, Arabic edition 1992, Italian edition by Ilisso under the title “Dentro la notte” 2004, and English edition under the title “Inside the Night” by The American University in Cairo Press, 2007
    • The Guard of the Lost city, 1998
    • Balcony of Delirium, 2005
    • Balcony of Snow Man 2009
    • Balcony of Disgrace 2010 

Palestinian comedy covering 250 years of modern Palestinian history(7 novels)

  • Birds of Caution, 1996.
  • Eraser Child, 2000.
  • Olive Trees of the Streets, 2002.
  • Safe Weddings, 2004. Arab Scientific Publishers, 2009
  • Under the Midmorning Sun, 2004.
  • Time of White Horses, 2007.
  • Lanterns of The King of Galilee, 2012.

Nasrallah has also written poetry for children in two collections:

  • Good Morning Children, 1983.
  • Good Things Called Home, 1984.

As a writer and editor he has also published literary works about other Arab writers and poets which include:

  • The Flying Autobiography; Less than an Enemy. More than a Friend. Author. 2006
  • The Defeat of the Victors: The Cinema between Creativity and Market Demand. Author.
  • The Art and the Artist: Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s writings about fine art (editor) 2000.
  • The Complete Poetry Collection of The Palestinian Poet Ahmad Hilmi Abdul-Baqui, (Researcher and Editor), 2002.

Nasrallah is a regular contributor to several to the main newspapers in the Arab World. He is also a painter and photographer.

Some of his books:

Time of White Horses: A Palestinian Novel– charts the history of three generations of a Palestinian familyTime of White Horses in a small village, Jordanian author Ibrahim Nasrallah’s saga is a descendant of a genre introduced in Arabic fiction by Naguib Mahfouz’s famous Cairo Trilogy. Through the lives of the members of this family, Nasrallah depicts the tragedy of a whole nation under changing historical circumstances: the Ottoman rule, the British Mandate and the Nakba (the catastrophe of the Jewish occupation of Palestinian land in 1948) to the expulsion of the Palestinians and finally the post-Nakba era.

Rain Inside – In this collection, Nasrallah describes the suffering of the Palestinians not through a personal lens, but through a universal context. He observes life with a natural human tendency toward a love that can heal, transcend, and transform the pain and sorrow of human experience.

Inside the Night – Love and life, sex and death, childhood and oppression are Inside the Night. Vivid moments of remembrance, disparate yet interconnected, come together to form the body torn but not broken of this novel. Beginning with a scene of departure, the two nameless narrators roam back and forth in time, veering from childhood mischief to a Palestinian refugee camp massacre; from ardent first love to necessary migration to an Arab oil country for employment; from spirited adolescent fantasies to the grim reality of life in an Arab country whose claims to progress are mounted on the bent backs of its people. A forest of interwoven tales and strange destinies, Ibrahim Nasrallah s novel carves the history of a people over half a century into fragments that are poetic, multi-sensory, and richly evocative. Inside the Night s self-contained freedom is a refreshing development in the corpus of Palestinian, and human, literature.”
Awards:

  • In 2012 he won the inaugural (Jerusalem Award for Culture and Creativity) for his literary work.
  • The prestigious Sultan Owais Literary Award for Poetry in 1997, a prize for Arab language poets.
  • Three awards from the Jordanian Writers Association for the best volume of poetry.
  • The Tayseer Sbool prize for his novels in 1994.
  • The Arar literary Award, for Jordanian and Arab poets, Jordan, 1991.

Sources:

http://www.all4palestine.com/ModelDetails.aspx?gid=7&mid=213&lang=en

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21478190-inside-the-night

http://www.arabicfiction.org/book/32.html

 

 

 

Further reading:

– Review: Time of the White Horses

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/culture/2012/12/review-time-white-horses

– Humane modernist: Ibrahim Nasrallah’s “Rain Inside”

http://electronicintifada.net/content/humane-modernist-ibrahim-nasrallahs-rain-inside/8293

 

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