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Izzat al-Ghazzawi

Izzat al-Ghazzawi.

Izzat al-Ghazzawi.

Izzat al-Ghazzawi, with his wife, Nahla.
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Izzat al-Ghazzawi, with his wife, Nahla.

The Woman Prisoner, short stories 1986, published in Lebanon.
A Critical View, 1989, published in Palestine.
Letters underway, novel 1989, published in Lebanon.
The Edges, novel 1993, published Palestine.
Nebo Mountain, novel 1995, published Lebanon.
Abdullah at-Tilali, novel 1997, published Palestine.

(1951-2003) Palestinian author.
Ghazzawi's literature focused on the troubles and sufferings imposed by Israeli occupation on the Palestinian territories. Central was his personal suffering, which he thought could be transformed into a power that would heal.
His literature was also concerned with the many qualities of life and its blessings. All of his books have been translated into English, and certain works have been translated into German, French, Hebrew and Norwegian.
Ghazzawi was one of the leaders behind the Intifada, heading the group of the intellectuals. He served as lecturer in comparative literature at Bir Zeit University, and was also the leader of the Palestinian Writers Union.
He was married, with 7 children, born between 1977 and 1996.

1951 December 4: Born in Dayr al-Ghusoun, to refugee parents.
1974: Graduates from University of Jordan with a BA in American-British literature.
1982: Graduates from University of South Dakota, USA with MA in American-British literature.
— Starts working as lecturer at Bir Zeit University in Palestine (at this time: Jordan, but under Israeli occupation).
1989 February: Imprisoned for political activity, in the Ashkelon prison, Beer Sheva, Israel.
1991 May: Released from prison.
1993: His son Rami is shot dead, while participating in the Intifada.
1994: Receives the International Prize for Freedom of expression in Stavanger, Norway.
1995: Is elected president of the Palestinian Writers Union.
2003 April 4: Dies in his home in Ramallah.

By Tore Kjeilen