Jabra Ibrahim Jabra can be described in many ways: a Palestinian writer; an exile in Iraq; a novelist; a poet; a translator of Shakespeare, Faulkner, and Beckett; a university professor; a lover of classical music; an artist; an art critic; an intellectual; a cosmopolitan spirit; a humanist. As the Palestinian scholar Issa Boullata suggests, he can be considered one of the last men of the 

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, the so-called Arab awakening or renaissance of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (2002: 82). At the crossroads of the colonial and postcolonial era, Jabra’s life unfolded first in his homeland Palestine and, after 1948, in exile in Iraq. Despite, or perhaps because of the 

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– the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 which went hand in hand with the first…

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Citation: Mejcher-Atassi, Sonja. "Jabra Ibrahim Jabra". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 February 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14062, accessed 13 June 2024.]

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