Ultimately, the biographer’s major accomplishment is to remake a decades-old revolutionary icon into a living, breathing woman.
Yes, Khaled is an activist and a political voice on contemporary Palestinian affairs and her commitment to her cause has endured. Her wit and bloody-mindedness in the face of occupation have not lessened an iota.
In Irving’s portrayal, Khaled is a wife and mother faced with the challenges of raising a family, but one with the additional concerns of a Palestinian refugee and former militant.
That Irving has found space in this light volume for extensive exploration of the evolution of women’s rights within the Palestinian resistance is testament to the author’s economy with words.
Leila Khaled – Icon of Palestinian Liberation is an ideal read for those seeking a brief introductory account that neither glorifies or vilifies its subject nor dumbs down the complexity of the context in which she lived and worked.
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Sarah Irving will be in discussion with Leila Khaled at the Marxism 2012 festival in central London, on Sunday 8th July at 3.45pm.
Icon of Palestinian Liberation
Compelling biography of a legendary Palestinian resistance fighter. From refugee camp to international infamy.
“Sarah Irving provides a fine portrayal of a compelling and mysterious figure from a tumultuous period in Palestinian history, mixing biography and historical critique to deliver a valuable insight into Leila Khaled’s character as well as her extraordinary appeal as a revolutionary icon.” – Nicholas Blincoe, Novelist and co-editor of Peace Under Fire: Israel/Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement