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Book review: You Can't Hide the Sun, By John McCarthy
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Friday 12 July 2013
Brave, humane, well-observed, and free of cheap rhetoric, the former hostage's book about the Palestinian minority within Israel should sit on the desk of every Middle Eastern pundit.
As he travels from Haifa to Jaffa, Nazareth to Jerusalem, McCarthy meets the 20-odd per cent of Israel's people left in "permament limbo" after the state's creation in 1948.
Though he does visit the occupied West Bank, his book above all gives a voice to the Palestinians within - tinged by nostalgia, resignation, defiance, and bitter wit.
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