Author:Samir El-Youssef

Samir El-Youssef
London-based Palestinian novelist; author of several books and novellas, including Illusion of Return and a collection of short-stories, Gaza Blues, co-authored with Israeli novelist Etgar Keret; essayist and public intellectual, El-Youssef has contributed to various publications in Europe and the Middle East, and was recipient of the 2005 PEN Tucholsky Award in recognition of his commitment to the promotion of peace and freedom of speech in the Middle East


This essay is an adaptation of a November 2012 talk that El-Youssef delivered at Boston College, under the auspices of the Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lectures Series in European Literature, United Kingdom.


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