Gaza Weddings

Ibrahim Nasrallah
Translated by Nancy Roberts


Twin sisters Randa and Lamis live in the besieged Gaza Strip. Inseparable to the point that even their mother cannot tell them apart, they grow up surrounded by the random carnage that characterizes life under occupation.

Randa, who wants to be a journalist, writes to record the devastation around her, taking pictures of martyred children. Meanwhile, their beloved neighbor Amna quietly converses with all those she has lost, as she plans the wedding of Lamis and her son Saleh.

With their menfolk almost entirely absent, it is the women who take center stage in this poignant novel of resilience, determination, and living against the odds.


"Intensely eloquent."
—New Statesman

"A novel I can't recommend enough."
—Susan Abulhawa

A vivid portrait. . . . Robert's translation is excellent."
—The Times Literary Supplement

"Written in a shimmering and sensitive style, it has a captivating grip on the reader."
—Salma Khadra Yayyusi



Ibrahim Nasrallah

Ibrahim Nasrallah was born to Palestinian parents in Jordan in 1954, and grew up in a refugee camp there. He has written fourteen collections of poetry and fourteen novels as well as works of literary criticism. He is also a painter and photographer. He is the author of Inside the Night (AUC Press, 2007), Time of White Horses (Hoopoe, 2016), and The Lanterns of the King of Galilee (AUC Press, 2015).

Nancy Roberts is the translator of a number of Arabic novels including Salwa Bakr’s The Man from Bashmour (AUC Press, 2007), for which she received a commendation in the SaifGhobash–Banipal Prize for Translation, and Ibrahim Nasrallah’s Time of White Horses (Hoopoe, 2016).

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  • October 12th 2017
  • $14.95 / £8.99 / LE160
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9789774168444

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