The Secret Life of Saeed by Emile Habiby
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This contemporary classic, the story of a Palestinian who becomes a citizen of Israel, combines fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy.

About Emile Habiby

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Salma Khadra Jayyusi is editor of Literature of Modern Arabia; Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology: and Modern Arabic Fiction: An Anthology. Le Gassick is Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Michigan.
Published January 1, 1985 by London, Zed [. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A comic antihero’s unexpected transformation from wily survivor into principled man of his people is observed with ebullient wit and understated empathy in this famous 1974 novel by Habiby, a Palestinian Arab (1919–98) who lived in Israel and was elected to the Knesset.

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We wanted to translate Arabic into Hebrew just as one might translate French into Hebrew — obtaining the rights to do so and doing so in accordance with the norms and conventions of the intelligentsia .

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