What We Are Reading Today: An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba by Nahla Abdo and Nur Masalha

Updated 18 May 2018
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What We Are Reading Today: An Oral History of the Palestinian Nakba by Nahla Abdo and Nur Masalha

  • The collection gives new insights into the Palestinian experience of the Nakba and the wider dynamics of the conflict, which continue to this day

The 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call “the catastrophe” was bound to unleash a flurry of new works, of which this is one, about the mass evictions of Palestinians from lands that were taken to establish the state of Israel. 

It could be said that history not only changed for Palestinians in 1948, but ended. Still stateless seven decades on, for them the bitterness and trauma are as raw as ever.

Efforts at preserving the memory of the Nakba have resulted in an unparalleled body of oral testimony. 

The editors of this book have tapped into that rich seam to tell the story of this epochal event through the words of those who lived through it. There are contemporary accounts from 1948 and accounts related in the present day as memories. 

The collection also gives new insights into the Palestinian experience of the Nakba and the wider dynamics of the conflict, which continue to this day. 

The Nakba is the pivotal event shaping Palestinian identity and galvanizing resistance. This book shows that it is by no means consigned to the past, but an ongoing, pernicious process aimed at the erasing of Palestinian history and memory.


What We Are Reading Today: The Way of Nature by C. C. Tsai

Updated 18 June 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: The Way of Nature by C. C. Tsai

  • The Way of Nature brings together all of Tsai’s beguiling cartoon illustrations of the Zhuangzi

C. C. Tsai is one of Asia’s most popular cartoonists, and his editions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 million copies in over 20 languages. This volume presents Tsai’s delightful graphic adaptation of the profound and humorous Daoist writings of Zhuangzi, some of the most popular and influential in the history of Asian philosophy and culture.

The Way of Nature brings together all of Tsai’s beguiling cartoon illustrations of the Zhuangzi, which takes its name from its author. The result is a uniquely accessible and entertaining adaptation of a pillar of classical Daoism, which has deeply influenced Chinese poetry, landscape painting, martial arts, and Chan (Zen) Buddhism.

The Way of Nature presents the memorable characters, fables, and thought experiments of Zhuangzi like no other edition, challenging readers to dig beneath conventional assumptions about self, society, and nature, and pointing to a more natural way of life. Through practical insights, Zhuangzi shows why returning to the spontaneity of nature is the only sane response to a world of conflict.