Palestine + 100

Edited by Basma Ghalayini

Out now!

STORIES FROM A CENTURY AFTER THE NAKBA

Palestine + 100 poses a question to twelve Palestinian writers: what might your country look like in the year 2048 – a century after the tragedies and trauma of what has come to be called the Nakba? How might this event – which, in 1948, saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from their homes – reach across a century of occupation, oppression, and political isolation, to shape the country and its people? Will a lasting peace finally have been reached, or will future technology only amplify the suffering and mistreatment of Palestinians?

Covering a range of approaches – from SF noir, to nightmarish dystopia, to high-tech farce – these stories use the blank canvas of the future to reimagine the Palestinian experience today. Along the way, we encounter drone swarms, digital uprisings, time-bending VR, peace treaties that span parallel universes, and even a Palestinian superhero, in probably the first anthology of science fiction from Palestine ever.

Translated from the Arabic by Raph Cormack, Mohamed Ghalaieny, Andrew Leber, Thoraya El-Rayyes, Yasmine Seale and Jonathan Wright. 

Press

WINNER of a PEN Translates Award 2018

'It's necessary, of course. But above all it's bold, brilliant and inspiring: a sign of boundless imagination and fierce creation even in circumstances of oppression, denial, silencing and constriction. The voices of these writers demand to be heard - and their stories are defiantly entertaining.' - Bidisha

Read The Guardian's 'What will Palestine be like in 2048? Writers turn to sci-fi for the answer' report on Palestine +100.

'Themes of nostalgia, memory and longing weave through this fascinating and unusual collection.' The Financial Times 

'This rich and varied anthology offers thoughtful insight into the hopes, fears and traumas of people whose suffering has been wilfully ignored by the mainstream media for decades. It's also a timely and entertaining reminder of the potential of SF as a literature that reframes perceptions and challenges assumptions.' - Morning Star 

'I must admit, sci-fi isn't really for me but I loved the premise of this short story collection [...] Really enjoyed reading it. Also can we appreciate that Palestine +100 is groundbreaking...' - Elias Jahshan

'This book is not a happy read, but it's one that complicates our worldview, undermines our certainty and unravels our righteousness. We need more literature like this.' - Tor.com  

'I do know that as difficult as this book was for me to read, I'd do it again and again...' - NPR 

'If, as Ghalayini writes, Palestinian writers are unused to the sci-fi genre, then there are no missteps in this accomplished volume. This worthy collection excavates and probes, and reacquaints the west with the horrors of Palestinian existence right now.' - Middle East Eye

'A richly imaginative collection not merely in the traditional sci-fi vein of imagining possible futures, but in weaving powerful messages about our present in and through these futuristic imaginings. [...] a deeply rewarding addition to the global sci-fi canon.' - PopMatters

'A fascinating anthology...' - The National (plus read their conversation with editor Basma Ghalayini and contributors Selma Dabbagh and Mazen Maarouf)

'Just as we do when Handmaids Tale or Black Mirror plots unfold on the screen, you are most likely to read Palestine +100 and say, this is now.' - Lithub

Read an excerpt from Mazen Maarouf's story 'The Curse of the Mud Ball Kid' on Lithub.

'By the time the last page is turned, the reader instinctively withdraws to reflect on 1948 to realise, just as Palestinians do, that chronology in colonisation becomes an abstract concept when compared to the trajectories of Palestinian memory and the power of contemplation for change.' - The New Arab 

'The uniqueness of their different visions speaks to both their skills as established writers and to the inherently uncertain nature of a Palestinian future.' - Mangal Media

'Every story in Palestine +100 is a gem that evokes feelings of suspense, excitement, horror and nostalgia... The talented writers have created futuristic stories with emotional and intellectual resonance.' - The Levant 

'I had a feeling the book would be unique. I wasn't expecting to be blind-sided... For all the sorrow and intensity influencing the stories, this is a positive read. You grow as a reader and as a person because of it.' - The Future Fire

'Palestine +100 will not bring justice for the Palestinian people. At least, not by itself, but it's part of something vitally important: it serves as a reminder that they are still there, still fighting, still angry, lost, and full of burning... it's a call, a roar, a celebration of the artistic and literary power of Palestine.' - Books and Bao

'The best science fiction, as Ursula Le Guin once noted, is not predictive but descriptive - less a rationalist mapping of the future than a slanted mirror which defamiliarises the present. This is exactly what these stories - populated by drone swarms, digital uprisings and the ghosts of the not-yet-dead - accomplish. Palestine +100 adopts sci-fi not as escapism, but as a new set of metaphors with which to engage the present political realities of occupied Palestine, and it's people's urgent desire for freedom and justice.' - TANK Magazine

Read an interview with editor Basma Ghalayini at Chicago Review of Books.

'It's a rich tapestry for science fiction, not as a form of escape from the current struggle for liberation, but as a new method of reclaiming our narrative and thinking through our struggle.' Read an interview with Saleem Haddad at Open Democracy  

Read an extract from Mazen Maarouf's story 'The Curse of the Mud Ball Kid' on TANK Magazine

Take a deep dive into Mazen Maarouf's story 'The Curse of the Mud Ball Kid' with ArabLit.

One of the 50 Books to Watch in 2019 by the Irish Times.

One of TranslatedLit's Most Anticipated Books for July 2019.

Read the editor's introduction to the collection exclusively on our blog.

Coverage of the PEN award on Arab Lit.

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Book Details

ISBN-10
1910974447
ISBN-13
9781910974445
Published
27 Aug 2019