The Storyteller of Jerusalem
The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948Book - 2014
The memoirs of Wasif Jawhariyyeh are a remarkable treasure trove of writings on the life, culture, music, and history of Jerusalem. Spanning over four decades, from 1904 to 1948, they cover a period of enormous and turbulent change in Jerusalem's history-Ottoman rule, the British mandate, and the run-up to the founding of the state of Israel-but change lived and recalled from the daily vantage point of the street storyteller. Oud player, music lover and ethnographer, poet, collector, partygoer, satirist, civil servant, local historian, devoted son, husband, father, and person of faith, Wasif viewed the life of his city through multiple roles and lenses. The result is a vibrant, unpredictable, sprawling collection of anecdotes, observations, and yearnings as varied as the city itself.
Publisher: Northampton, MA : Olive Branch Press, 2014
Characteristics: xli, 304 p. : ill. ; 23 cm