Border Love

Claire Hajaj, Dorit Rabinyan

26/02/2017 12:30 pm

Claire Hajaj’s assured and ambitious debut Ishmael’s Oranges and Dorit Rabinyan’s prizewinning All the Rivers are spellbinding novels exploring the faultlines that threaten the likelihood of enduring love between Arab and Jew. In a captivating narrative of love and loss, Ishmael’s Oranges tells the story of two families against the background of repeated conflicts to examine whether love can transcend the legacy of hatred.

In a momentous tale, crisscrossed by physical and emotional borderlines, Dorit Rabinyan’s All the Rivers courageously demarcates an intimate short-term space for two, far from the tensions and fissures that create the separation between ‘us’ and ‘them’. In conversation with the director of the forthcoming M-Fest, critic Arifa Akbar.

Sponsored by the New Israel Fund. In association with Profile.

Claire Hajaj

Claire Hajaj is a former BBC journalist who shares both Palestinian and Jewish heritage. She has lived on four continents and worked for the UN in war zones from Burma to Baghdad.

Dorit Rabinyan

Dorit Rabinyan was born in Israel to a Persian-Jewish family and now lives in Tel Aviv. She has won numerous prizes since she published her first book at the age of 22.

Arifa Akbar

Arifa Akbar is a journalist, literary critic and the curator of \'M-Fest\', an international Muslim festival of books and ideas. She is the former literary editor of The Independent.