Minor Detail

Adania Shibli

Original title: Minor Detail
Publisher: Dar al-Adab, 2017
Genre: Novel
Pages: 170 pages

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Minor Detail revolves around a brutal crime committed during the War of 1948, which Israelis celebrate as the War of Independence and the Palestinians mourn as the Nakba, or the catastrophe that led to the displacement, exile, and refugeedom of some 700,000 people. Israeli soldiers gang-rape a young Palestinian woman they find in the Negev desert, killing her and burying her in the sand. Many years later, in the near-present day, a young woman in Ramallah embarks on a journey of discovery into the events surrounding that rape and murder, becoming fascinated by it to the point of obsession when she reads about it by chance, not only because of its gruesome nature but also because it happened to take place twenty-five years to the day before she was born.

Foreign rights

World rights by Fitzcarraldo Editions
Sub – agent toward the Nordic countries: Winje Agency
Arabic: Dar al-Arab
To be published in English simultanously in
UK: Fitzcarraldo Editions
US: New Directions

Adania Shibli

Adania shibli

Adania Shibli was born in Palestine in 1974, holds a Ph.D. from the University of East London, and has published three novels in Arabic. She splits her time between Berlin and Jerusalem.

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