“And, as the quality of the material here shows, geographical and political isolation need not be a bar to creativity in other languages.
This isn’t to say that Gaza Writes Back is perfect. Firstly, the title and introduction pitch this very much as a political project, setting it in the context of a “much-needed Palestinian youth narrative” that “records and commemorates, in fiction, the fifth anniversary of the full-scale military offensive … the so-called Operation Cast Lead.””
“positions these talented young people as, first and foremost, witnesses to military violence. In fact they should be seen as a significant new generation of writers who, yes, have seen and experienced horrific brutality, but whose work is valuable as a valid literary expression that goes well beyond its political environment.”