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Unholyland
The Trilogy
Aidan Andrew Dun

published 2016 • 5" x 7.75" • 502 pages
ISBN 9781566560627 • paperback • $20.00

“Told in a series of sonnets, the story draws on a litany of influences, including the political slingshot hip-hop of Palestine, Rastafarian reggae, religious myth, and slang…. an innovative work that draws the reader in with a real sense of danger and urgency."
Publishers Weekly

“One of the most extraordinary things about this long and detailed poem, whose location is clear from the title ‘Unholyland’ is that its poet has never visited Israel or Palestine. Yet his grip of the history and his sense of the emotional lie of the land are second to none…. Throughout this narrative the poet’s virtuosity with the form builds up until it becomes almost an easy read… This is a poet who does not compromise. His very subject matter is sensitive to many echelons of the establishment. His tirades against the use of warfare to coerce  Palestinians, the absurdity of the lives of communities there, his testimonies of the poverty and wealth, the secret natural friendships across the divisions, the force that  goes from his beliefs into his poetry, his potential to be an outsider, and yet he is steadily gaining ground as a known and accepted poet: the more you read this book the more you realize that, typically of the best poetry, it is about two things: the subject of the poem, and the actual poet.”
—Keep Poems Alive Reviews


A NOVEL IN VERSE THAT TELLS THE STORY OF A ROMANCE BETWEEN AN ISRAELI DJ AND A PALESTINIAN RAPPER, SET IN 21ST CENTURY ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

Through the story of two lovers, Mosh and Jalilah, this verse novel encapsulates the personal tragedy of the Palestine-Israel conflict. Set in the popular music culture of modern Palestine, using rap rhythms and the sonnet form, Aidan Andrew Dun’s new book  is verbally accomplished and rhythmically creative, and yet gripping to read as the story unfolds in a fast-moving narrative of twists and turns. From a first meeting in an underground dive in the Galilee, through Jalilah’s home life in Sabra and Shatila camp, and Mosh’s capture and interrogation by Israeli security, the story builds to a climax in an improvised music gathering in the Sinai desert.  This is a unique and original piece of writing. It will also appeal to younger readers through the use of rap rhythms and the inclusion of leading rap and reggae musicians in the narrative.

Aidan Andrew Dun is a poet, musician and composer, living in and writing about London. His previous books of poems have evoked London and the Middle East and been praised by Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage, Peter Aykroyd and others.

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