Samir El-Youssef


Samir El-Youssef is Palestinian and was born in Rashidia, a refugee camp in Lebanon. He writes fiction, essays and reviews. His book, Gaza Blues, co-authored with Etgar Keret, received wide acclaim. He has been living in London since 1990. The Illusion of Return is his first novel in English. He won the Tucholsky Award for promoting the cause of peace and freedom of speech in the Middle East.

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Sunday, 1 March 2009

Both Samir El-Youssef and Seth Freedman understand profoundly what it means to lack a sense of belonging – a sense that many of us can take for granted.  Both  have directly experienced  the complexities of the Middle East conflict and the suffering it engenders.

Samir El-Youssef’s novel, A Treaty of Love, set in London, recounts the  impossible and tragic love story between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man.

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