By Wasif Jawhariyyeh,Salim Tamari,Issam Nassar,Rachel Beckles Willson,Nada Elzeer
The memoirs of Wasif Jawhariyyeh are a amazing treasure trove of writings at the lifestyles, tradition, track, and background of Jerusalem. Spanning over 4 many years, from 1904 to 1948, they hide a interval of large and turbulent swap in Jerusalem’s historical past, yet switch lived and recalled from the day-by-day vantage element of the road storyteller. Oud participant, song lover and ethnographer, poet, collector, partygoer, satirist, civil servant, neighborhood historian, committed son, husband, father, and individual of religion, Wasif considered the lifetime of his urban via a number of roles and lenses. the result's a colourful, unpredictable, sprawling choice of anecdotes, observations, and yearnings as diversified because the urban itself.
Reflecting the days of Ottoman rule, the British mandate, and the run-up to the founding of the country of Israel, The Storyteller of Jerusalem deals intimate glimpses of individuals and occasions, and of forces selling restricted, divisive ethnic and sectarian identities. but, via his passionate immersion within the lifetime of the town, Wasif finds the communitarian ethos that runs so powerfully via Jerusalem’s prior. And that provides maybe the easiest desire for its destiny.