Ibrahim Souss – Jerusalem’s Swallows

 

The birds of disagreement

Germany, 1934. Hitler is in power and his crazy xenophobic politics begins. Isaac Fenigold and his family have to flee: despite being German citizen for generations, there is no tolerance whatsoever for Jewish people. In Jerusalem, they are respectfully welcomed by muslim Abdelhamid Mohmmad and they enjoy a quiet spring. Here, a love begins between Fenigold’s daughter and Mohammad’s son, who, like a modern Romeo and Juliet, are involved in the old diatribe between Israel and Palestine.
Written in a captivating style, this fascinating story of a tormented love is the symbol of the impossibility, for two different cultures, to coexist. A current and desperate book, that does make the reader think. Exemplary.

Translation by Sara Di Girolamo