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Kingdom of Olives and Ash - Writers Confront the Occupation

[21 June 2017] - In Kingdom of Olives and Ash, renowned novelists and essayists Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have teamed up with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence - an organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories and saw firsthand the injustice there - and a host of illustrious writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground.

Kingdom of Olives and Ash is a groundbreaking collection of essays by celebrated international writers bearing witness to the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The book includes contributions from Colum McCann, Jacqueline Woodson, Colm Toibin, Geraldine Brooks, Dave Eggers, Hari Kunzru, Raja Shehadeh, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Assaf Gavron, as well as from editors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.
 
Through these incisive, perceptive, and poignant essays, readers will gain a unique insight into the narratives behind the litany of grim destruction broadcast nightly on the news, along with a deeper understanding of the conflict as experienced by the people who live in the occupied territories. Together, these stories stand witness to the true human toll of the occupation.
 
Two writers, Ayelet Waldman and Arnon Grunberg, contributed essays that touch upon the prosecution of children in military courts. A third writer, Nobel literature prizewinner Mario Vargas Llosa, wrote an article about the military courts published in El Pais following his visit to Ofer military court in 2016
 
Kingdom of Olives and Ash is published by Harper Collins and is now available in bookstores and online.