Adania Shibli: Minor Detail

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Saturday 13 July 2024

6:30 pm


Westlodge Hotel

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Minor Detail is the third novel by Palestinian author Adania Shibli. It was written in Arabic and published as Tafṣīl Thānawī in 2017. It was translated into English by Elisabeth Jaquette and published by Fitzcarraldo in 2020.

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Minor Detail revolves around a brutal crime committed during the War of 1948. Israeli soldiers rape a young Palestinian woman they find in the Negev desert, killing her and burying her in the sand. Many years later, in the near-present day, a young woman in Ramallah embarks on a journey of discovery into the events surrounding that rape and murder, becoming fascinated by it to the point of obsession when she reads about it by chance, not only because of its gruesome nature but also because it happened to take place twenty-five years to the day before she was born. The two sections of the book hover over one another like the maps the unnamed protagonist of the second section takes with her on her journey: limpid, disengaged accounts apparently unburdened by registers of authorial control. The result is a careful balancing of juxtapositions that stylistically enacts the resonances and dissonances of experience. Minor Detail is a beautiful meditation on war, violence, memory and injustice.


‘Minor Detail speaks to the political, moral, aesthetic, and intellectual; it leaves a mark on reality. A graceful, elegant, intriguing book.’ Ali Ahmed Haider Ablein, El-Gzal

‘This is the political novel we have all been waiting for.’ Meena Kandasamy



Adania Shibli

Adania Shibli was born in Palestine in 1974 and holds a PhD from the University of East London. Her first two novels have been translated into English as Touch (Clockroot...

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