Shahrazad Picks Zaatar in Anabta
Palestinian author Anwar Hamed's latest book 'Shahrazad Picks Zaatar in Anabta' isn't a story of your average Jane, but a story of the survival of many anti-heroes reflected in the struggle of 'Shahrazad'.
The novel is originally written in Hungarian! Don't be astonished, for Hamed chose to write in this foreign language to give the story a different taste through Hungarian terms and Hungarian metaphors.
Hamed wrote this novel back in 2004 but translated it into Arabic himself just recently, bringing it back from the West to its more familiar place; home in the fields of TulKarem.
The translation of this novel isn't merely transforming it into Arabic, but a recreation of the whole story and rebirth of the character.
The story is that of the transformation of the Palestinian reality on many levels, after the second Intifada.
In not so many complicated words, but in a few simple words, Hamed gives us a detailed glimpse of the days of Shahrazad as she and other characters try to survive and just live through another dark night that awaits the bright rays of a rising sun.
I advise you to pick up a copy of this novel and read it as you sip on a hot cup of tea.
It's interesting, insightful and will sure be a page-turner.