A Lake Beyond the Wind by Yahya Yakhlif
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The year is 1948; the place, Samakh, a small town on Lake Tiberias, north of Jerusalem. People in Samakh are waiting for what, exactly, they do not yet know. The whistle of the Haifa-Deraa train doesn't sound anymore. Abd al-Karim, the shopkeeper, no longer goes into the city to buy new stock. You townspeople, says Haj Mahmoud, leader of the fighters in the 1936 rebellion, had better start digging trenches. There are dark days ahead. A Lake Beyond the Wind is a novel about the most catastrophic year in Palestinian history, a time marked by violent clashes between Zionist forces and the volunteers of the Arab Liberation Army. Yakhlif tenderly gathers all the town folk, the soldiers of the beleaguered army, the animals and the natural world into his tale, which makes it all the more powerful a lament for a world that is no more. Yahya Yakhlif was born in Samakh in 1944 and has lived as a refugee for most of his life. He is the author of several short story collections and three novels. This is the first of his novels to be translated into English.

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Abdallah al-Nasser was born in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, in 1953 and studied Arabic Literature at al-Imam University, Riyadh. He is at present cultural attache in London and editor of Al-Thaqafiyah, a quarterly journal concerned with Arabic culture. His first collection of short stories. The Mirage (1998), dealt especially with the experience of confronting an unbalanced model of modernization.
Published September 1, 2003 by Interlink Publishing Group. 160 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yakhlif's chronicle (published in Arabic in 1991), opens by evoking prewar village life, exploring Samakh's terrain and its residents' daily routines on the day a British soldier offers to sell a bulletproof vest to young Radi while his uncle is away from the shop.

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