Author(s): Selma Dabbagh
Gaza is being bombed. Rashid - a bright, unemployed twenty-seven-year-old, who has stayed up smoking grass watching it happen - wakes the next day to hear that he's got the escape route he's been waiting for: a scholarship to London. His twin sister, Iman - frustrated by atrocities and inaction around her - has also been up all night in a meeting that offers her nothing but more disappointment. Grabbing recklessly at an opportunity to make a difference, she finds herself being followed by an unknown fighter. Meanwhile Sabri, the oldest brother of this disparate Palestinian family works on a history of Palestine from his wheelchair as their mother pickles vegetables and feuds with their neighbours. Written with extraordinary humanity and humour, and moving between Gaza, London and the Gulf, Out of It is a tale that redefines Palestine and its people. It follows the lives of Rashid and Iman as they try to forge places for themselves in the midst of occupation, religious fundamentalism and the divisions between Palestinian factions. It tells of family secrets, unlikely love stories and unburied tragedies as it captures the frustrations and energies of the modern Arab World.
The first novel written in English that depicts family life in Gaza. Coming out of a land under siege, this is a unique novel of humanity and humour Selma Dabbagh's short stories have been published in various anthologies (including one edited by Maggie Gee for Granta), and nominated for the International PEN David Wong Award and the Pushcart Prize 2007. She was a Finalist for the Fish Short Story Prize, judged by Roddy Doyle, Hugo Hamilton and Victoria Glendinning. Selma Dabbagh has appeared at West Cork Literary Festival and the Internationl PEN Festival of World Literature
'An original and vivid voice. Full of energy, this is a new and welcome take on the Palestinian story' Ahdaf Soueif 'This brave, important new writer draws us right into the beating heart of contemporary Arab life in all its vigour and complexity' Maggie Gee Praise for Down the Market: 'Among the best in prose are Selma Dabbagh, who makes nail-biting narrative out of the plight of the Palestinians' Guardian Praise for Me (the Bitch) and Bustanji: 'An exciting emerging writer' Independent on Sunday
Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer based in London. Her short stories have been included in a number of anthologies, including those published by Granta and International PEN. They have also been nominated for the International PEN David TK Wong Award and the Pushcart Prize. Out of It is her first novel.