Under the Gaze of Angels
By Said Habib
“Crafted with labor to keep the heart free from hate, these beautiful stories allowed me the enormous privilege of access to a Palestine I’d never have otherwise known…” — Isabel Huggan, author of Belonging: Home Away from Home
About this book
Under the Gaze of Angels offers treasured views of family and neighborhood life, native to the Galilee, in the years leading up to and following the upheavals of 1948. A collection of four stories, told with simplicity and warmth, they include three set during the time of British mandate rule: "Zuha and the Book Vendor," "The English Gramophone," and "Yildiz the Turkish Woman." These are followed by the book's title work, a remembrance that travels from childhood to elder years, pursued by loss.
Imagined or recalled in exile, these vivid, evocative mementos quietly disarm the violence that surrounds them, restoring a stolen past to memory under the gaze of angels.
“Crafted with labor to keep the heart free from hate, these beautiful stories allowed me the enormous privilege of access to a Palestine I’d never have otherwise known…” —Isabel Huggan, author of Belonging: Home Away from Home
“Said Habib’s debut text is an enchanting retrospection of Palestinians lives, and how previously mundane realities were then impacted by political events. It is a poignant reminder of the power of memory and Palestinian existence as resistance … Habib’s collection of stories are a delicate balance between the political and the personal, where the latter is unraveled in anecdotes and narratives that bring Palestinian lives closer to the reader … [His] prose is detailed and the stories are touching, providing an insight into Palestinian lives … Bringing daily life experiences closer to non-Palestinians makes the Palestinian experience more tangible and vivid, for the reader to identify with the feelings, if not the experience, of being Palestinian.” —The New Arab
“[I]mpressive … consistently entertaining, remarkably original, and compelling short story collection … Under the Gaze of Angels is a simply outstanding and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, community, college and university library Literary Fiction collections.” —Midwest Book Review