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Taha Muhammad Ali

Adina Hoffman

19/02/2012 12:30 pm
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Adina Hoffman’s Jewish Quarterly-Wingate-Prize-winning biography of Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali is a moving account of the ways “ordinary” individuals are swept up by the floodtides of both war and peace.

Hoffman’s beautifully written book, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness, tells the story of an exceptional man and the culture from which he emerged. It also reflects on the often alchemical means by which experience is transformed into art.

“A remarkable book,” according to Boyd Tonkin in the Independent. “A triumph of personal empathy and historical insight, and a beacon for anyone who knows that ‘more joins than separates us.’”

Adina Hoffman

Photo by Peter Cole
Photo by Peter Cole

ADINA HOFFMAN is an award-winning essayist and biographer whose books include Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City and My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century.