Saqi acquires Native by Sayed Kashua

Saqi Books has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life by Sayed Kashua.

Kashua is an Israeli-Palestinian writer best known for his satirical weekly column for the Israeli daily Haaretz and his novels Dancing Arabs and Let it be Morning (shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award).

Native gathers together for the first time a selection of personal essays, first published by Haaretz between 2006 and 2014, exploring questions of identity, cultural divides and the deeply-rooted complexities of a tragic conflict, alongside witty and intimate depictions from his personal life as both a father and husband. Kashua writes with poignancy and candour about his children’s upbringing and encounters with racism, as well as the rising social and political tensions that led him to emigrate from Jerusalem to the United States in 2014.

Sarah Cleave, publishing manager of Saqi Books, who acquired rights from Abner Stein in association with the Deborah Harris Agency, said ‘Native is a wickedly sardonic, moving and hugely entertaining collection that offers real insight into the lived experiences of Palestinians in Israel. Written by one of the true masters of the form, this ostensibly light-hearted book is a nuanced and enlightening critique of Israeli society that exposes the difficulties of living as a Palestinian in the Jewish state.’

Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life will be published by Saqi Books in April 2016.