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Selma Dabbagh


New Texts Out Now: Selma Dabbagh, Out of It: A Novel

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Selma Dabbagh, Out of It: A Novel. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2012. Selected as a Guardian Book of the Year, 2011-2012. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Selma Dabbagh (SD): All writers are driven by a sense of compulsion. This compulsion has component elements of arrogance and vanity, as well as an artistic desire to put the messy rush of everyday life into a dignified, meaningful form. Out of It was my first novel, although I had published short ...

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Selma Dabbagh


Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer of fiction based in London. Her writing is mainly set in the contemporary Middle East. Recurring themes in her work are idealism (however futile), placelessness, political engagement (or lack thereof), and the impact of social conformity on individuals. Her first novel, Out of It, was published by Bloomsbury (UK) and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Press (BQFP) in 2011 and was listed as a Guardian Book of the Year in 2011 and 2012; the US edition was published by Bloomsbury USA in 2012. An Arabic edition, translated by Samer Abouhawwach, is due to be published in January 2014. Follow her on Twitter here.