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Past EventsSunday, February 24

Out of Palestine: The Lasting Influence of the British Mandate

Hadara Lazar
Rebecca Abrams

A journey back to British Mandate Palestine, peopled by Arabs, Jews and Britons, a intriguing world whose shadow lingers over Israel today. Journalist and novelist Hadara Lazar interviewed more than 100 people over 25 years for a collection of perspectives that show what has been remembered and ignored, refuted and admitted.

"My purpose is not to research what used to be but to uncover what people remember from that time, to find the link between their words and the myth that was created then, and to show how their memory changed with time," Lazar says of Out of Palestine: The Making of Modern Israel.

The book is revealing about unofficial links between British officials and the Jewish underground in the 1920s and 30s and the complex attitudes of Jews toward Arabs, as well as toward other Jews with whom they often had little in common.

Lazar came to Jewish Book Week for a conversation with writer Rebecca Abrams who was working on a novel based in the same period.

Hadara Lazar is author of five novels, as well as non-fiction books that explore life in Israel and British Mandate Palestine. She is also translator of Jean-Paul Sartre’s major novel, Nausea, into Hebrew.

Rebecca Abrams's first novel, Touching Distance, was published to critical acclaim in 2008, was shortlisted for the 2009 McKitterick Prize and won the 2009 Medical Journalists’ Association Award for Fiction.  She is also the author of several successful non-fiction titles and has been a columnist for the Daily Telegraph for a number of years. Rebecca is a recipient of an Amnesty International Press Award, and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and other publications.

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