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We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I

By Raja Shehadeh
We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I by Raja Shehadeh digital book - Fable

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Finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize
An NPR Best Book of the Year

A subtle psychological portrait of the author’s relationship with his father during the twentieth-century battle for Palestinian human rights.


Aziz Shehadeh was many things: lawyer, activist, and political detainee, he was also the father of bestselling author and activist Raja. In this new and searingly personal memoir, Raja Shehadeh unpicks the snags and complexities of their relationship.

A vocal and fearless opponent, Aziz resists under the British mandatory period, then under Jordan, and, finally, under Israel. As a young man, Raja fails to recognize his father’s courage and, in turn, his father does not appreciate Raja’s own efforts in campaigning for Palestinian human rights. When Aziz is murdered in 1985, it changes Raja irrevocably.

This is not only the story of the battle against the various oppressors of the Palestinians, but a moving portrait of a particular father and son relationship.

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Thumbs Up““The only real victory is when we've both won.” A wonderful and tragic telling of the life in Palestine before and after Nakba on a micro scale. The way Palestine was torn apart by different states for their vested interests — simply tragic. What's more tragic is seeing the fears of a man about the future of his land coming true in hindsight. May Palestinians get the justice they deserve some day.”

About Raja Shehadeh

Raja Shehadeh is one of Palestine’s leading writers. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq. Shehadeh is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the House, Occupation Diaries, Palestinian Walks, which won the prestigious Orwell Prize, and We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I (Other Press, 2023), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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