6 Apr 2024

Nathan Thrall - A Day in the Life of Abed Salama

From Saturday Morning, 8:10 am on 6 April 2024

Photo: Judy Heiblum/Penguin Random House NZ

Jerusalem-based American journalist and author Nathan Thrall's new book is named on ten best books of the year lists, including The New Yorker, The Economist and the Financial Times.

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: A Palestine Story is a portrait of life in Israel and Palestine, giving an understanding of what it's like to live there, based on the real events of one tragic day, where Jewish and Palestinian characters' lives and pasts unexpectedly converge.

Thrall has spent a decade at the International Crisis Group, where he was director of the Arab-Israeli Project.  His first book, published in 2017 is The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine.