"Shaw Dallah has focused a warm light of understanding on the tragedy that has befallen the Palestinian people in our time. His touching, intimate novel offers Americans a dimension of the Middle East conflict that they have long overlooked."—Milton Viorist, author of Sandcastles: The Arabs in Search of the Modern World
Thafer Allam is the son of a celebrated Arab resistance fighter against the British occupation of Palestine before World War II. with such strong Arab roots, his exile in the United States means that Thafer belongs to two different worlds, and returning to his homeland is difficult after years emersed in the culture of the West. His career in nuclear technology and law places him in a position of advising Arab governments on U.S.-related nuclear issues.
Allam moves easily from the living rooms of the Palestinian ghettos to the offices of Arab ministries. With the 1973 oil embargo against the west underway, Allam tries to reconcile the pull of his Palestinian heritage with his ties to America.
Shaw J. Dallah, former legal counsel to the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), teaches international relations and international business management at Utica College and Islamic culture and civilization in the Honors Program of Syracuse University.
6 x 9, 452 pages