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Pay No Heed to the Rockets (Audiobook)

Pay No Heed to the Rockets (Audiobook)

Duration:  12h 9m Unabridged
264 pages
Published:   April 10, 2018
BTC Audiobooks  /  Non-Fiction  /  Travel
Digital Audio:   9781773102597    $32.95  SRP
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Marcello Di Cintio first visited Palestine in 1999. Like most outsiders, the Palestinian narrative that he knew had been simplified by a seemingly unending struggle, a near-Sisyphean curse of stories of oppression, exile, and occupation told over and over again.

In Pay No Heed to the Rockets, he reveals a more complex story, the Palestinian experience as seen through the lens of authors, books, and literature. Using the form of a political-literary travelogue, he explores what literature means to modern Palestinians and how Palestinians make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily tedium and violence of survival.

In the company of literary giants like Mahmoud Darwish and Ghassan Kanafani, and the contemporary authors whom they continue to inspire, Di Cintio travels through the rich cultural and literary heritage of Palestine. On his way, he uncovers a humanity, and a beauty, often unnoticed by news media and tells a fresh story about Palestine, one that begins with art rather than war.
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Marcello Di Cintio is the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, winner of the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Di Cintio’s essays have been published in the Walrus, Canadian Geographic, the International New York Times, Condé Nast Traveller, and Afar. He lives in Calgary.

Phiroze Dotiwalla has narrated several audiobooks for CNIB. He lives in Toronto.


"This is one of the best books I have ever read about Palestine." — Jonathan Fryer, Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster, and Politician

"That Di Cintio researches his subjects thoroughly, conducts in depth reporting, and writes with vigour and humility is testimony to his skill in handling one of the most divisive political stories of the last 100 years." — Quill & Quire

"Di Cintio weaves together history with a sense of place and infuses character with dialogue and humor to produce a contemporary portrait of a people who continue to resist both occupation and simple categorization in this masterful work." — The Electronic Intifada

"Di Cintio takes the reader on a literary journey to see how Palestinians living under occupation and siege today find the inspiration to keep on writing, despite, or sometimes because of, adverse circumstances." — The Jordan Times

"This blend of history and travel will interest all seeking a better understanding of Palestinian life." — Library Journal

"In just a little over 200 pages, Di Cintio introduces us to dozens of writers, each living a different creative life in cities ranging from Ramallah to Haifa to Gaza to Jerusalem." — The National

"Illuminating reading from a highly engaged author." — Kirkus Reviews

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