In 1976, Nahlah Ayed’s family gave up their comfortable life in Winnipeg for the squalor of a Palestinian refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. The transition was jarring, but it was from this uncomfortable situation that Ayed first observed the people whose heritage she shared. The family returned to Canada when she was thirteen, and Ayed ignored the Middle East for many years. But the First Gulf War and the events of 9/11 reignited her interest. Soon she was reporting from the region full-time, trying to make sense of the wars and upheavals that have affected its people and sent so many of them seeking a better life elsewhere.
In A Thousand Farewells, Ayed describes with sympathy and insight the myriad ways in which the Arab people have fought against oppression and loss as seen from her own early days witnessing protests in Amman, and the wars, crackdowns, and uprisings she has reported on in countries across the region.
This is the heartfelt and personal chronicle of a journalist who has devoted much of her career to covering one of the world’s most vexing regions.
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...buoyed by its poignant opening chapters and its stirring final section.Read Full Review of A Thousand Farewells: A Repor... | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
Emotional detachment from her subjects may be the price of professionalism, but it bleeds occasionally into detachment from the issues, and gives some accounts a whiff of deadline...Read Full Review of A Thousand Farewells: A Repor... | See more reviews from National Post arts
Ayed’s voice is fresh in Middle East coverage. She is plain-spoken, intellectually honest and writes of Arabs and their leaders as individuals and moral agents, not as mere vessels in receipt of the great powers’ policies...Read Full Review of A Thousand Farewells: A Repor... | See more reviews from National Post arts
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