The Parisian (Paperback)

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Set mainly in Palestine between the wars, the title character in this breathtaking debut novel aspires to a life of culture and refinement, while surrounded by the forces of upheaval unleashed by the fall of the Ottoman Empire after WW1. Hammad's sensitivity toward all of her characters imbues her writing with power and grace.

— From Peter


A masterful debut novel by Plimpton Prize winner Isabella Hammad, The Parisian illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey and romances of one young man, from his studies in France during World War I to his return to Palestine at the dawn of its battle for independence. Lush and immersive, and devastating in its power, The Parisian is a tour de force from a dazzling new voice in fiction.

About the Author

ISABELLA HAMMAD was born in London. She won the 2018 Plimpton Prize for Fiction for her story "Mr. Can'aan" and a 2019 O. Henry Prize. The Parisian is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802148803
ISBN-10: 0802148808
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: December 17th, 2019
Pages: 576
Language: English