The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israel


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  • Speaker: Sayed Kashua, Author & Journalist
  • Host Department: Judaic Studies, Frankel Center for
  • Date: 09/30/2014
  • Time: 07:00 PM

  • Location: Alumni Center, Founders Room, 200 Fletcher, Ann Arbor

  • Description:

    Sayed Kashua is the award-winning author of three novels and the creator of the groundbreaking sitcom Arab Labor, but he never feels at home.  A Palestinian citizen of Israel, he is a walking, talking oxymoron, an invisible man constantly called upon to justify himself, his work and even his decision to write in Hebrew.  Kashua will speak about what it is like to be a stranger in his own land, operating between two worlds, being tolerated by both but never fully belonging to either.  

    Sayed Kashua is the author of three novels: Dancing Arabs, Let it Be Morning, and Second Person Singular, winner of the Berstein Prize. Kashua also writes a satirical weekly column in Hebrew for the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style, Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds. He is the writer and creator of the hit Israeli TV show "Arab Labor" (Avoda Aravit), now in its third season. In 2004, Kashua was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize in Literature. He is also the subject of the documentary "Forever Scared."

    Sponsored by: Judaic Studies, Helen Zell Writers' Program, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Comparative Literature