The Way to the Spring
The Way to the Spring
Life and Death in Palestine


If you are looking for an unvarnished portrayal of life in the West Bank, Ben Ehrenreich's fascinating journey in The Way to the Spring is it. With this book, he joins the ranks of our great "war" journalists—Anthony Loyd, Christian Parenti, Juan Goytisolo, and Philip Gourevitch—exposing the heartbreaking realities for Palestinian families. —Recommended by Stacey, City Lights Publishers

From an award-winning journalist, a brave and necessary immersion into the everyday struggles of Palestinian life

Over the past three years, American writer Ben Ehrenreich has been traveling to and living in the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families in its largest cities and its smallest villages. Along the way he has written major stories for American outlets, including a remarkable New York Times Magazine cover story. Now comes the powerful new work that has always been his ultimate goal, The Way to the Spring.

We are familiar with brave journalists who travel to bleak or war-torn places on a mission to listen and understand, to gather the stories of people suffering from extremes of oppression and want: Katherine Boo, Ryszard Kapuściński, Ted Conover, and Philip Gourevitch among them. Palestine is, by any measure, whatever one's politics, one such place. Ruled by the Israeli military, set upon and harassed constantly by Israeli settlers who admit unapologetically to wanting to drive them from the land, forced to negotiate an ever more elaborate and more suffocating series of fences, checkpoints, and barriers that have sundered home from field, home from home, this is a population whose living conditions are unique, and indeed hard to imagine. In a great act of bravery, empathy and understanding, Ben Ehrenreich, by placing us in the footsteps of ordinary Palestinians and telling their story with surpassing literary power and grace, makes it impossible for us to turn away.

Title The Way to the Spring
Subtitle Life and Death in Palestine
Publisher Penguin Press, The
Title First Published 01 June 2016
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 448 p.
ISBN-10 1594205906
ISBN-13 9781594205903
Publication Date 01 June 2016
Main content page count 448
Weight 32 oz.
 


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