Majid’s childhood dream was actually to become famous as a singer. But his younger brother Ahmed is also thrown off course by the events. Clumsy and dreamy, he was only interested in painting and photography. He now works as a paramedic for the Red Crescent. While the women cope with increasingly difficult everyday life and look after those in need, the sensitive Ahmed is deeply disturbed. He closes himself off from his family and friends and becomes more and more radical in his views – until he finally takes action. An act of desperation or an act of terror?
For this novel, Sahar Khalifa used diary entries made by Yasser Arafat’s press advisor during the siege of Arafat’s government headquarters. She also had many conversations with women from the old town of Nablus. The novel thus conveys an authentic picture of life in the West Bank in recent years.