Liana Badr is a well-known Palestinian novelist, and short story writer, also a journalist, poet and cinema director. Born in in Jerusalem, she was raised in. Liana Badr was born in in Jerusalem to a nationalist family, and was Badr published her first novel in Beyrouth in , A Compass for the Sunflower. Liana Badr is a Palestinian writer who was born in Jerusalem and left Jericho as a teenager during the Arab-Israeli conflic. She is a prolific writer of novels.

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Published by Tobgal in Morocco, this epic novel is based on seven years of research into Palestinian women refugees oral history. I feel like a tree that was planted in Jerusalem; I feel I was born from the baer of its old stones.

Arabic and English Language s bdar write in: Jerusalem and Jericho Current Residence: In this tree, I made myself a special home, one that my relatives could never reach.

We shared our worries, our love for each other, and stolen bits of bread that we used to hide in our pockets as we left the cafeteria. It was in Jerusalem that I formed my first friendships.

I preserved the house in my documentary film Zaytunat. It was translated in into English by Interlink, NY. I saw the world through the eyes of its visitors and pilgrims, its guests and lians from around the world.

Since then, she has published five novels, including A Balcony over the Fakihanitranslated by Peter Clark and The Eye of the Mirrortranslated by Samira Kawar, four collections of short stories, two poetry collections and four books of essays. Horses of God film and book. Her style has been described by the Times Literary Supplement as lixna the laws of fictional gravity”, and “densely lyrical”.

Liana Badr – World Literature in Translation | Center for the Art of Translation

My cousin there would pay extra attention to me, and take me with her on all of her outings in the Old City. Receive Our Newsletter For news of readings, events and new titles. I lived and grew up in two of them, Jerusalem and Jericho, and I chose to belong to the third: In she published her first novel A compass for the sunflower English translation Women’s Press, Want to know which Banipal issue an author is in?


Badr published her first novel in Beyrouth in”A Compass for the Sunflower”. I would hide from the summer sun behind its vast green leaves and its scarlet-colored fruit, and from its branches, I would construct steps that would take me up to the height of the sky.

This short story collection was published in Aden, Yemen in by Dar el Hamadani.

In that beautiful house, I learned the elegant art of language while in the company of my gadr family because my father, a political detainee, was often absent. Liana Badr is a well-known Palestinian novelist, and short story writer, also a journalist, poet and cinema director. I consider myself to be the descendent of three cities, one could say a trinity, in Palestine.

I was formed in the same way that bread is formed from wheat, water, and salt, and in the low fire of writing, I cook lisna my stories slowly. Jerusalem is one of the few cities in which people from every corner of the world meet, intersect, and share stories with pure affection, regardless of their everyday realities, their beliefs, or their cultural backgrounds.

One of them was Dar Al-Tifel Al-Arabi, in which I came to understand the Palestinian cause more generally, and not only through my own personal struggles.

When I do manage to get a permit to go to Jerusalem, I feel a magnetic pull, like the kind that draws birds back to their homes after a season of migration. I also studied in many different schools in Jerusalem. Translated from the Arabic by Suja Sawafta. There are even engravings in Dair Salahiyya that are said to make a complete map of Jerusalem dating back to the first Christian era.

This first novel was published by Dar Ibn Ruchd in Beirut, to wide acclaim. Selected Works by this Author.

Liana Badr

Three cities run in my veins: Every lian or place, then, develops its own unique personality as it accumulates, day after day, the residue of human history, much of which is then immortalized in the very material of the place itself. I exhausted the members of my family, who would try desperately to get me to climb down from the berry tree I loved and refused to leave.


She was not able to complete her MA due to the Lebanese civil war. It was confiscated by Israel when it lana land belonging to the Arab University in Jerusalem, along with the land of the Issawiyah neighborhood just next door. Jerusalem is the city that taught me my first life lesson.

I think I chose my first job in life after everyone began telling me that I looked like Faten Hamama! When I was eleven years old, I heard the stories of children who had been left all alone in the world because they lost their families to Zionist gangs during battles that took place in Palestine in It is there that I feel a sense of calm spread throughout my whole body. I never missed the opportunity to watch films of any kind, and I would memorize entire scenes from Indian movies that were not only popular with us, the children, but with the older generation as well.

Banipal (UK) Magazine of Modern Arab Literature – Contributors – Liana Badr

Assilah Forum Celebrates 20 years of Banipal. We would wage battles and carry flags that represented different teams in our fights over Sophia Loren, my favorite actress, or ,iana singer Shadia, whom my sister Dima considered to be the more beautiful and important of the two starlets.

By Nathalie Handal Special Series: In Jerusalem I feel the most natural, and every shift in weather and temperature suits my body completely, and balances me. The Eye of abdr Mirror: There was the garden where I learned how to dance rock-style from our neighbor Marie when I was no more than five years old. The owners served water pipes near the Damascus Gate.

Liana Badr was born in loana Jerusalem to a nationalist family, and was raised in Jericho.