In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees

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Pub Date: 02/13/2018

Pages: 196

Publisher: Etruscan Press

Imprint: Etruscan Press

ISBN 13: 9780997745542

ISBN 10: 0997745541

Price: $16.00 / $21.99 CAN

Category: FICTION / Literary

In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees

By Jeff Talarigo

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About the Book

"As much a book of poetry as a novel, as much a symphony as a memoir, this is an extraordinary book from a writer at the top of his powers. Reminiscent of Berger and Calvino, Jeff Talarigo manages to capture the breadth and circumference of story-telling, while also giving us a privileged insight into the daily life and dreams of Gaza."
Colum McCann, Thirteen Ways of Looking

In the mode of J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees engages poetic language, mythic themes, and childlike perspectives to offer an original approach to a conflict that has become hardened and polarized. These linked stories of an American’s experience in Gaza expose the seven-decade long Palestinian diaspora in a disquieting allegory of the clash between the occupied and the occupier. In a place where political posturing, bloody war, journalistic witness, and even patient negotiation have yielded so little understanding, we enter the cemetery of the orange trees, where urchins kite dead birds, goats utter wisdom, camels and donkeys huddle together, and merchandise magically passes underground through the tunnels of Gaza. But this is no fairy tale or bestiary. In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees is a waking, attentive dream-journal, leading us back to a place where hatred, strife, and even human language itself might sing.

Jeff Talarigo is the author of two novels: The Pearl Diver and The Ginseng Hunter. He has lived in Gaza and Japan, and currently resides in Oakland, California.

About the Book

In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees is a disquieting allegory of the clash between the occupied and the occupier.

Author

Jeff Talarigo is the author of two novels: The Pearl Diver and The Ginseng Hunter. From 1990 to 2006, he lived in Gaza twice and in Japan. Talarigo was a fellow at the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2006-07. Currently living in Oakland, California, Talarigo teaches at Wilkes University's Graduate Creative Writing Program.