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The Image, the Icon, and the Covenant

(2007)
A novel by

 
 
This award-winning novel is at once a recasting of the story of the Holy Family, an ode to Arab Jerusalem, and a call for liberation, not just of a nation but for the individual women and men who inhabit it.
After abandoning his beloved Mariam when she becomes pregnant, and escaping her brothers' bullets, Ibrahim abandons his own ideals and dreams of becoming a novelist, opting instead to follow his father's wishes and seek wealth and commercial success abroad. Thirty years later, lonely and disillusioned, Ibrahim returns to Ramallah to retrace the past he tried to leave behind. He sets out on a long and frustrating quest to track down Mariam, which takes him from the West Bank to Israel. Along the way he encounters his son, Michael, a young man with spiritual powers that enable him to see what is unknown and find what has gone missing. Moving and lyrical, Khalifeh's novel weaves religious and political symbolism into a story of love and loss. At its core is Ibrahim's - the Palestinian's - agonizing but unrelenting search for a home.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 2007 : Hardback
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Title: The Image, the Icon,: A Modern Arabic Novel
Author(s): Sahar Khalifeh
ISBN: 9774160754 / 978-9774160752
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2013 : Paperback
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Title: The Image, the Icon, and the Covenant
Author(s): Sahar Khalifeh
ISBN: 977416606X / 978-9774166068
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Image, the Icon, and the Covenant
Author(s): Sahar Khalifeh
ISBN: 1-56656-699-1 / 978-1-56656-699-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Interlink Books
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