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The Palace of Angels


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Mohammed Massoud Morsi was born in Copenhagen to Egyptian parents. A writer, journalist and photographer, he has lived in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia before moving to Australia in 2011. His fiction and non-fiction works have appeared in Australian and international publications and are enriched by his passion for speaking out for those oppressed. Morsi now lives in Perth with his son.


Vital, brutal and tender, The Palace of Angels is written with the urgency of breaking news and the delicacy of poetry. This is Morsi at his passionate best.--Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prizewinner'Twenty Two Years to Life' [the second story in this volume] is a moving and heartbreaking tale based on a true story. It brings new meaning both to steadfastness and the human suffering within the mega prison of the Gaza Strip. The level of the occupier's cruelty is matched by the fragile humanity of the occupied--in a way that can only be appreciated with the personal narrative so beautifully spun. The human complexity turns and twists and is then exposed in this powerful tale of the clash between love and hate, revenge and compassion, within an impossible and abnormal reality of occupation, colonisation and ethnic cleansing. The Palace of Angels is a trilogy of gripping tales that challenge our preconceived ideas and identities.
--Ilan Pappe, Israeli historian and author, Professor of History, University of Exeter
With all the sympathy one might feel, it is impossible for an outsider to imagine what it is like to be a Palestinian living in the West Bank or Gaza today. Morsi affords one a revealing glimpse.
--Daniel Gavron, author, former editor, Israel Radio and the Jerusalem Post
It does not matter which part of the world we belong to if we consider ourselves a supporter of peace and equality, but it matters that we do not close our eyes to the fatal truth of the regime of Israel, Syria, Iran, Myanmar, Iraq, North Korea, Afghanistan or some of the African countries. It matters to listen to the independent voices heard from these countries. And this novel is one of those voices. This novel is one of those voices that provokes our conscience.
--Shokoofeh Azar, shortlisted author for 2018 Stella and Queensland Literary Awards

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