Trees for the Absentees
By Ahlam Bsharat
Translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp & Sue Copeland
Young love, meddling aunts, heart-to-hearts with friends real and imagined, Philistia’s world is that of an ordinary student. Except in Palestine, and with your father in jail, nothing is ordinary. With trees uprooted around her, she seeks a place of refuge, somewhere she can plant a memory for the ones she’s lost, for the people who are vanishing.
'A most ordinary, magical, devastating story'. - Dr. Nora Parr
'Elegant insight into life under the current occupation'. - Mike Scott-Baumann
Shortlisted for Etisalat Award for Arabic Fiction 2013
Published 2019 (Neemtree Publishing) - 9781911107248 – Paperback - 96 pages - Rights: World
Ahlam Bsharat is a Palestinian writer who grew up in a village in Northern Palestine and completed her MA in Arabic Literature at An-Najah National University in Nablus. Besides poetry, picture books, short stories, novels, and memoirs, she has written a number of television and radio scripts. Her books have received many awards and recommendations. Ismee Alharakee Farasha (translated into the English as Code Name: Butterfly) was included in the IBBY Honor List for 2012, a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books from more than seventy countries. Ismee Alharakee Farasha and Ashjaar lil-Naas al-Ghaa'ibeen, (translated into the English as Trees for the Absentees), were both runners up for the Etisalat Award For Arabic Children's Literature in 2013. Code Name: Butterfly was also shortlisted for the UK based Palestine Book Awards in 2017. Ahlam has been active in numerous cultural forums, and has led creative writing workshops for children and adults in Europe and Dubai.