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BEIRUT: "In The Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood," the new autobiography by Palestinian writer Reja-e Busailah, relates a remarkable story about overcoming the challenges of growing up blind in pre-Nakba Palestine.Alongside this coming-of-age story, the book depicts ever-increasing British and Zionist threats to the author's homeland, culminating with the events of May 1948 and his subsequent displacement.Simply written, the book takes the reader through the author's daily life, underlining the everyday challenges of the visually impaired.Unable to give visual descriptions, Busailah effectively describes his home in terms of how it sounded, tasted, smelt and felt, slowly and subtly painting an intricate image of Palestine pre-1948 .Here is becomes clear that the names, places and details of Busailah's daily life pre-1948 are a kind of personal testimony, a record of a life that existed and thrived in Palestine before the Nakba.
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