The Honey by Zeina B. Ghandour

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Ruhiya is an intensely spiritual young girl, the muezzin's daughter in an oasis village in Palestine under Israeli occupation. One night her childhood love, a recently converted fundamentalist, sets off on a suicide mission. Ruhiya breaches one of the deepest taboos of Islam by chanting the call to the dawn prayer herself. At the last moment her song reaches him and instead of detonating the explosives that have been strapped to him, he retreats and runs. The same day a foreign journalist, sent to the village to cover the two stories, is faced with a wall of silence. She seeks answers with the encouragement of a little girl who hears and sees everything, the keeper of all secrets.

The honey is a magic substance healing everything. It runs through the land like its lifeblood. Through the themes of suicide and liberation, the story of a woman, a village, and a people is told.


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Published July 1, 2000 by Quartet Books (UK). 112 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young Lebanese writer Ghandour’s debut, set in Palestine under Israeli occupation, offers an intriguing fresh perspective on its overworked subject.

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A Palestinian girl's transgression has strange repercussions (""little waves of consequence that travel like vibrations"") in Zeina B.

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