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Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Sari Nusseibeh , Anthony David
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29. April 2008

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

A teacher, a scholar, a philosopher, and an eyewitness to history, Sari Nusseibeh is one of our most urgent and articulate authorities on the conflict in the Middle East. From his time teaching side by side with Israelis at the Hebrew University through his appointment by Yasir Arafat to administer the Arab Jerusalem, he has held fast to the principles of freedom and equality for all, and his story dramatizes the consequences of war, partition, and terrorism as few other books have done. This autobiography brings rare depth and compassion to the story of his country.


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  • Taschenbuch: 562 Seiten
  • Verlag: Picador; Auflage: First. (29. April 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312427107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312427108
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21 x 14 x 5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.465 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"One of the best personal accounts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ever written . . . A fascinating and deeply intelligent memoir."--Ethan Bronner, The New York Times

"There are villains and victims, patriots and fools, war and peace, betrayal and corruption, and an inevitable romance. . . . The book dramatizes recent history in Palestine as few others have done."--Amos Elon, The New York Review of Books

"Terrific . . . highly recommended for those who want to appreciate the dilemma of the Palestinian democrat."--Christopher Hitchens, Slate

"A deeply admirable book by a deeply admirable man."--Leon Wieseltier, The New York Times Book Review

"Once Upon a Country is an often enthralling book, with a lucid unfolding of the issues and subtle analysis of the games played by both sides. . . . This complicated man--shrewd, idealist, pragmatic, dreamer, peaceful warrior---is very much worth knowing."--Charles Matthews, San Francisco Chronicle

"Captivating . . . Once Upon a Country is a magnificent study of hope under siege."--Robert Malley, The Washington Post

"A bighearted, admirable, and exceptionally interesting account of Nusseibeh's struggle for an equitable peace in a conflict in which compromise is often interpreted as treason. This is a rare book."--Jeffrey Goldberg, Los Angeles Times

"Once Upon a Country is a subtle, sad, and humorous memoir that casts a fresh light on the Israeli-Palestinian tragedy and a vivid picture of Palestinian society as well."--Amos Oz, author of A Tale of Love and Darkness

Synopsis

Born into a prominent family with deep roots in Jerusalem, Nusseibeh reluctantly became involved in politics, constantly aware that co-existence with Israel is possible. Hated by extremists on both sides, he has always held fast to the principles of freedom and equality which have guided all his decisions, no matter what the personal cost. His beautifully-written memoirs, interwoven with the story of his larger family - and with the history of the Palestinians since before 1948 - are a rare view into what the Arab-Israeli conflict has meant in reality for a Palestinian family. The consequences of the 1967 war changed things even further for Nusseibeh's life in Jerusalem - not always negatively. Appointed by Arafat to be the PLO representative in Jerusalem, we get a first-hand view inside the workings of the first Palestinian Authority, and a close-up of Arafat himself. "A deeply admirable book by a deeply admirable man." New York Times -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Das Buch von Sari Nusseibeh ist aus verschiedenen Gründen sehr empfehlenswert: Die L eserin/der Leser begleitet Sari Nusseibeh nicht nur durch sein Leben und seine intellektuelle Entwicklung, sondern bekommt sehr intensive Einblicke in den Nahost-Konflikt, insbesondere in die Entwicklung der letzten 40 Jahre. Tief beeindruckend ist Nusseibehs grundsätzlich gewaltfreie Einstellung und seine ständige Bereitschaft, zu verhandeln, miteinander zu reden, friedlich und normal-menschlich miteinander umzugehen. Er hat diese Einstellung, obwohl er, mit kurzen Unterbrechungen, seit mehr als 40 Jahren den Schikanen und Menschenrechtsverletzungen seitens der israelischen Regierung und ihrer Armee gegenüber den Palästinensern in der West Bank und Ost-Jerusalem ausgesetzt ist. Besonders interessant sind auch die Vorgänge um die, zunächst ja noch im Exil lebende, PLO-Führung, die Einblicke in die erste und die zweite Intifada, sowie die nunmehr wohl als gescheitert zu betrachtenden Osloer Friedensverhandlungen, in deren Folge die von einem zukünftigen palästinensischen Staat nichts weiter als isolierte Inselchen in der West Bank übrig geblieben sind. Für den an Palästina Interessierten ist das Buch ein wesentlicher Baustein. Leider ist es auf Deutsch kaum, bzw. nur zu horrenden Preisen erhältlich.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting and informative 7. September 2013
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Nusseibeh, the main author, is a professor of phylosophy and, as his father, was very much involved into the palestinian politics during the recent decades. He is a palestinean trained in Oxford/UK and worked also as an accademic in Massachusetts. The book is more or less an eyewitness report embeded in a historic development, in this case in the middle east. It starts during world war II and ends at the beginning of this century. Although quite critical, Nusseibeh describes the palestinian position of the constant palestinian-jewish conflict in the middle east. The english language stil is quite formidable but good readable even for me as a non-native English speaker. I liked this book because it describes the political and social developement of the recent decades in the middle east, which I only knew from the histroy books or reports from the media. It opened my eyes how complicated life in Israel for Palestinians, as well as in general the arabic-jewish conflic is, and how difficult living conditions of the ordinary arabic people in this region are.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Neither black nor white . . . 20. Mai 2007
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Written by Palestinian peace activist Sari Nusseibeh, this book is an immensely readable personal and political memoir - an account of a life lived in a "broken and violated land." Descendant of a patrician family in Jerusalem, tracing its history back to the seventh century, the author was educated in England and, following in his father's footsteps, devoted his years to advocating reason and nonviolence in the resolution of Arab-Israeli conflicts. A student and later a professor of philosophy, he first believed that Arabs and Israelis could live together as citizens of a single nation. Then, after the 1967 war, he came to the conclusion that a two-nation solution was in the best interests of both peoples.

Over the years, in his account, he has watched both of those objectives resisted and undermined by the objectives of those with political power - the Israelis through a campaign of seizing territory in the West Bank for Jewish settlements, and the PLO by demanding the return of all occupied lands. Meanwhile, moderates such as himself are cast as "dangerous," and his efforts at building bridges between Arabs and Jews are often frustrated. When the intifada of the 1980s flares up, Nusseibeh plays a strategic role in secretly writing and publishing materials that provide it with a voice and direction, channeling the energy of street demonstrations away from violence. And he is instrumental in building a nation-building organization to set the stage for Arafat's return from exile in Tunis to govern the West Bank and Gaza. At the same time, he is reaching out to peace activists among Israelis, even while the second intifada surges to life and Arab extremists begin to have a deadly impact with suicide bombs.

The entire story - which brings us to the present with the building of Sharon's walls and the victory of Hamas in Palestinian elections - is a continuing account of hopes raised and then crushed. While it can be read as an indictment of Israeli policies against the Palestinians, it portrays the PLO as ridden with corruption and the Islamist Hamas organization as blindly and dangerously irrational. Moved deeply by visions of Jeffersonian democracy, Nusseibeh is confronted over and again with the extreme difficulty of seeing reason prevail in the service of government, diplomacy, and building social institutions. What he falls back on at the end is a belief that the fundamental decency of humans - as reflected in sacred scriptures - will eventually lead people to see the folly of their ways. This is a fine book for portraying a moderate and measured history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1948 to the present. Readers may also enjoy Jeffrey Goldberg's "Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Towards a just peace between Israel and Palestine 19. April 2007
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Nusseibeh's book allows us to break through the stereotypes of the Palestininan struggle and see behind the images the humanity of a people struggling for an end to the Israeli occupation of their land. Far from the images of unbridgeable fanaticism, Nuseibeh offers us another view of people prepared to compromise in order to ensure an end to this bitter conflict. His represents the only way forward in this conflict--acceptance of two states--viable and contiguous in their territories; a shared Jerusalem; and a reasonable solution to the problem of refugees that involves acknowledgement of loss and compensation. I urge people to read this book for its honest recognition of the shortcomings of Palestinian politics and its generous and rational understanding of the needs and pain of two peoples.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Once Upon a Peace Maker! 8. August 2007
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This is a truly important book for anyone wishing to understand fully the Arab / Palestinian - Israeli conflict. It sheds tremendous light on very important events, thus far not fully presented from the Palestinian side, especially that of the non rejectionist Palestinian camp. Sari Nusseibeh is a truly visionary man with tremendous courage and is a highly gifted activist and indeed very clever politician despite his own denials.

I have thoroughly enjoyed, and was often moved by, the first half of the book which dealt with the history of Nusseibeh's family and contained his even handed description of the events leading to 1948 and all the way through the 1967 war and his subsequent return to live in Palestine with his British wife. Nusseibeh's portrayal of the lives of the Palestinians between the wars of 1948 and 1967 was very helpful.

In the second half of the book Nusseibeh hammers in, over and over again, on the tacit unspoken alliance of the extremists on both sides and shows how Israel supported the creation of Hamas as a counter weight to the Fateh and PLO. He coherently and very persuasively presents the thought process that he went through to move from the one state solution to the two state solution and demonstrates very effectively the threats that prolonging the conflict would cause to it.

Nusseibeh was often right at the center of things or at least presents himself as such; we see him as a leading figure in standing up to the Israelis and to the Islamists, we see him as the key engine behind the first intefada, or uprising, and we see him winning the respect and approval of Yasir Arafat. In this, second, half, this book moves from being a truly exceptional account of the personal and family history more into an aggrandizing politician's memoir. This should not reduce nor detract from the tremendous personal sacrifice and commitment Nusseibeh made to his cause.

I have heard of the peace work of Dr. Nusseibeh and read some of his articles and interview for some years and while I admire him more than any other Palestinian public figure, this book troubled me in a number of ways. Unlike the other three Palestinian memoirs, originally written in English, that I have read (Gada Karami, Fay Kenfani & Edward Said) Nusseibeh sought to justify every action he has ever taken, to defend his various historic positions and to settle the scores with those of differing views. Most unlike the other three biographies, the book contained virtually no retrospective sole searching whatsoever and important topics such as his obvious passion and skill for politics vs. his academic eccentric persona were packaged for the purpose rather than thought through. Nusseibeh repeatedly simply presented himself as the reluctant professor, yet left us wondering about his very savvy organizational, political and survival skills. He seemed to know exactly how to deal with wily old Arafat, Hamas, the Israeli intelligence and the various factions of the PLO yet retain the freedom to advance his own agenda as well as build important relationships with Israelis.

The tremendous heights, in which, Nusseibeh holds his father, a former Governor of Jerusalem, ambassador and member of cabinet gives the feeling of an immature biography lacking in the distance to be objective. Indeed the first half of the book contains rework of the some of the father's own unpublished memoirs. Obvious points such as the father's commitment to an idealistic form of pan Arabism, albeit non Bathist and non Nasserist, and Nusseibeh own movement into being Palestinian nationalist, seeing Palestine being in natural alliance with Israel did not cause him to reflect further on the role and thinking of his father. A respectful critique and contrast of the views would have enhanced and not hindered the understanding of his father and need not be disloyal to his memory.

Most grating perhaps is the competitiveness displayed with other Palestinian peace advocates and the various attempts at discrediting them. This was particularly evident in describing the efforts that led to the Geneva Accord, which Nusseibeh referred as the plan by the name of the Israeli negotiator, thus marginalizing the Palestinian partner. At some point Nusseibeh clearly fell out with Hanan Ashrawi and Dr. Barghouti, both articulate advocates of the Palestinian cause and for peace and coexistence with Israel, he made his disdain of them very obvious and has not troubled himself to analyze their positions even in retrospect.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A magnificent telling 17. Mai 2007
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In a work so compelling that I could hardly put it down, Nusseibeh describes in personal terms the struggles for freedom of the Palestinian

people. His personal courage, that of the many people whose generosity

he cites, and the example of his father's service to his people is most inspiring. If you did not know it before, after reading this book you will understand why the Palestinian people need their own state and

freedom to act as the People they are.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply Brilliant 6. April 2007
Von Johnny Domino - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Sari Nusseibeh, the Oxford-educated Palestinian philosopher, lays out with eloquence and unflinching honesty his personal life story and how it intersects with the larger saga of Palestinian national life. In doing so, he creates a startling image of Palestine and of Palestinians seldom seen by Western eyes.

Nusseibeh describes the history Palestinian suffering and struggle not as a narrow, tribal cause, but as a global cause consistent with humanism and universal human rights. He does so in a way that is not tendentious, preachy, or moralising.

For this, I heartily recommend his seminal work.
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