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Minor Detail begins during the summer of 1949, one year after the war that the Palestinians mourn as the Nakba ? the catastrophe that led to the displacement and expulsion of more than 700,000 people ? and the Israelis celebrate as the War of Independence. Israeli soldiers capture and rape a young Palestinian woman, and kill and bury her in the sand. Many years later, a woman in Ramallah becomes fascinated to the point of obsession with this ?minor detail? of history. A haunting meditation on war, violence and memory, Minor Detail cuts to the heart of the Palestinian experience of dispossession, life under occupation, and the persistent difficulty of piecing together a narrative in the face of ongoing erasure and disempowerment. ?An extraordinary work of art, Minor Detail is continuously surprising and absorbing: a very rare blend of moral intelligence, political passion and formal virtuosity.?
? Pankaj Mishra, author of The Age of Anger
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