Translated by Kay Heikkinen
Velvet unfolds over a day in Hawa’s life, as she makes plans for a new beginning that may take her out of the camp. She sifts back through her memories of the past: the stories of her family, her childhood, and her beloved mentor, who invited her into the glamorous world of the rich women of Amman.
This is a novel of enormous power and great beauty. Rich in detail, it tells of the women of the camp, and the joy and relief that can be captured amid repression and sorrow.
“Habayeb’s text is as sensuous, smooth, and strong as the fabric that gives it its title. Velvet is distinguished by the richness of its language and its empathy with its subject. Together, these produce a finelytextured description of a life lived in hardship but overflowing with sensibility and grace.”—Humphrey Davies, translator of The Yacoubian Building
“Habayeb is an original voice who brings vividly to life Palestinian camps with extraordinary beauty and lyricism.”—Tahia Abdel Nasser, associate professor of English and Comparative Literature, the American University in Cairo
"Rich in language and metaphor"—The New Arab
- September 3rd 2019
- $17.95 / £10.99 / LE250
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 9789774169304