The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in PalestineAug. 11, 2016, midnight
The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine
By Ben Ehrenreich
“The myriad ordeals suffered by the Palestinian people during the last eighty yearsare minutely reported here. It’s a chronicle of their daily lives.Read it! It recognises and respects hope.”
“So much has been written about the occupation of the Palestinian territories byIsrael but rarely with such vividness, eloquence and success in illuminating complex historical and political realities. The Way to the Spring is a superbly intelligent, informative and critical book about one of the fundamental issues of our time.”
“Ben Ehrenreich’s rendition of the Palestine experience is powerful,deep and heartbreaking, so much closer to the ground than the Middle East reporting we usually see.”
This is about Palestine today. Ben Ehrenreich spent three years living in the West Bank and this is his account of the lives of the people he met. He describes the cruel mechanics of the Israeli occupation and the endless absurdities and tragedies it engenders: The everyday struggle against oppression and deprivation, the battles over homes and villages, the indignity of checkpoints, the reality of jumped up charges, biased courts and prisons, and the stoicism and humour of ordinary Palestinians.
Blending political and historical context with the personal stories, The Way to the Spring is a testimony and a vital document. Written with grace and power, it breathes fresh life and urgency to a place and a conflict where the bigger political picture masks the human stories.
Ben Ehrenreich is the author of two novels, Ether and The Suitors. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine and the London Review of Books, among other publications. He is a recipient of the National Magazine Award.
He lives in Los Angeles and Palestine and is available for interview or journalism
Published – 11th August 2016 Trade Paperback – £14.99
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