Soul in Exile Soul in Exile: Lives of a Palestinian Revolutionary Lives of a Palestinian Revolutionary

Fawaz Turki, Author Monthly Review Press $33 (288p) ISBN 978-0-85345-746-6
Palestinian activist Turki has written a sequel to his 1972 memoir, The Disinherited: Journal of a Palestinian Exile, but unlike that work, this slim volume fails to convey the anguish of the refugee or the reasoned analysis of the committed revolutionary. With the 1983 Palestine National Congress in Algiers as its departure point, the book relates, in a series of flashbacks, Turki's childhood and adolescence in Beirut and his early adulthood as an expatriate in Australia. Moving to Paris six years later, he becomes involved in the Palestinian cause and, after the publication of his first book, moves to the U.S. in 1973. As a publicist and organizer for the cause, he is close to the movement's leadership and provides some insights into its strengths and weaknesses. Unfortunately, this chronicle is marred by an insistent style bordering on agitprop, an outdated counterculture vocabulary, and an indulgence in four-letter expletives to emphasize disdain for another's point of view. Even the highly evocative reminiscences of childhood are spoiled by awkward prose (""Except for him we were all now going to school, but we had learned by this time how to swing our proud Palestinian egos around''), while descriptions of Palestinian leadership are particularly shallow (``Arafat has an intuitive, aboriginal grasp of the Palestinian psyche''). (April)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1987
Release date: 12/01/1987
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 206 pages - 978-0-85345-747-3
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