Raja Shehadeh

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“Between mute submission and blind hate – I choose the third way” (n.p.), Raja Shehadeh writes in his diary titled after the quote, The Third Way. Based on a saying by the Treblinka inmates, the statement captures both the method and the motivation behind the Palestinian writer’s work. Drawing on a shared, global cultural heritage, Shehadeh tries to think his way out of the political impasse of his present and develop more humane forms of resistance. The Anglophone author was born in Ramallah in 1951, and has spent most of his life in occupied Palestine. As the first son of Aziz Shehadeh, a famous lawyer and political activist, and Wedad Nassar, who possessed exceptional storytelling abilities – to which many of …

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Salmi, Charlotta. "Raja Shehadeh". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2014
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