“It’s the story of a lute player, Wasif. He is a character who bestride the first fifty years of 20th century Jerusalem. He’s a Palestinian, who partied with the Ottoman elite during World War I and then, later, in his diary, witnesses the increasing hostility and tensions that beset the city, right up to the outbreak of World War II, through that conflict and up to the War of Independence, when Israel become independent—the Nakba of the Palestinian people.” Read more...
The best books on Jerusalem
Simon Sebag Montefiore,