Ibrahim Nasrallah

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Ibrahim Nasrallah is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

, in Wihdat refugee camp
Amman New Camp
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) is a Jordan
Jordan , officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan , Al-Mamlaka al-Urduniyya al-Hashemiyya) is a kingdom on the East Bank of the River Jordan. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west, sharing...

Palestinian people
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 poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer.

He studied in the UN agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) schools and at the UNRWA Teacher Training College in Amman. He taught in Saudi Arabia for 2 years in the Qunfudha region and worked as a journalist between 1978 and 1996. Nasrallah then returned to Jordan and worked at Dostur
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, Afaq and Hasad newspapers. He is in charge of cultural activities at Darat-al-Funun in Amman. He has published 14 books of poetry, 13 novels and two children's books. In 2009 his novel "The Time of White Horses" was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize for Arabic Fiction.

Nasrallah is a member of the Sakakini
Khalil al-Sakakini
Khalil al-Sakakini was a Palestinian Christian, Arab Orthodox, educator, scholar, poet, and Arab nationalist.-Early life:Khalil Sakakini was born into an Arab Christian family in Jerusalem on January 23, 1878...

 General Assembly.
In 2006, Ibrahim Nasrallah decided to dedicate himself fully to his writing profession.

Published works

Nasrallah began his literary career writing poetry, and is one of the most important Palestinian literary figures to rise to fame in the Diaspora.


  • Horses are Overlooking the City, 1980
  • The Rain Inside, 1982
  • Morning Songs, 1984
  • No’man Recovers His Color, 1984
  • The Last Dialogue a Few Minutes Before the Killing of the Sparrow, 1984
  • The River Boy and the General, 1987
  • Storms of the Heart, 1989
  • Green Wood, 1991
  • The Fox’s Scandal, 1993 (Published in English).
  • Verandahs of Autumn, 1997.
  • The Book of Death and the Dead, 1998
  • In the Name of the Mother and the Son, 1999
  • Mirrors of Angels, 2001
  • Flute Chamber, 2007
  • If I were a maestro, 2009
  • Volume of Poetic Collection (1980-1993), 1994


  • Prairies of Fever, Arabic edition 1985; English edition by Interlink 1993, Italian edition by Edizioni Lavoro 2001, Hebrow edition by Hed Arzi in 2001, and Danish edition by Underskoven in 2006
  • Terrestrial Waves, 1988
  • The Barking Dog (Aw), 1990
  • Just the Two of Us, Arabic edition 1992, Italian edition by Ilisso under the title "Dentro la notte" 2004, and English edition under the title "Inside the Night" by The American University in Cairo Press, 2007
  • The Guard of the Lost city, 1998
  • Balcony of Delirium, 2005
  • Balcony of Snow Man 2009
  • Balcony of Disgrace 2010

Palestinian comedy (6 novels)
  • Birds of Caution, 1996.
  • Eraser Child, 2000.
  • Olive Trees of the Streets, 2002.
  • Safe Weddings, 2004.
  • Under the Midmorning Sun, 2004.
  • The Time of White Horses, 2007. Short listed for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction
    International Prize for Arabic Fiction
    The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is a literary prize managed in association with the Booker Prize Foundation in London, and supported by the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi. The prize is specifically for prose fiction by Arabic authors, along the lines of the Man Booker Prize...

    , 2009 (English edition /soon/ by The American University in Cairo Press).

Nasrallah has also written poetry for children in two collections:
  • Good Morning Children, 1983.
  • Good Things Called Home,1984.

As a writer and editor he has also published literary works about other Arab writers and poets which include:
  • The Flying Autobiography; Less than an Enemy. More than a Friend. Author. 2006
  • The Defeat of the Victors: The Cinema between Creativity and Market Demand. Author.
  • The Art and the Artist: Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s writings about fine art (editor) 2000.
  • The Complete Poetry Collection of The Palestinian Poet Ahmad Hilmi Abdul-Baqui, (Researcher and Editor), 2002.

Nasrallah is a regular contributor to several to the main newspapers in the Arab World.
He is also a painter and photographer. He has contributed to several exhibitions and had his own photography shows entitled “The Autobiography of an Eye” in 1996, and “Under Two Suns :Images and Words” in 2004, "The Life of the Dead Sea" a participation at the fifth Gwangju Biennale – South Korea 2004.
Many academic theses handled his poetry and novels. The following dealt exclusively with his works:
Nasrallah also had poetry reading at several cultural centers in metropolitan cities such as Paris, Rome, Venice, Frankfurt, Berlin, and cities in England Denmark, Switzerland and the United States of America ...., not to mention numerous literary activities in almost all Arabic capitals. Nasrallah also gave lectures and poetry readings at many of the local Jordanian universities as well Arabs and European universities.


  • The Award for Best Poetry Collection published in Jordan.
  • The Arar literary Award for his body of work in 1991.
  • The Jordanian Writers Society Honorary prize three times for three of his poetry collections.
  • The Sultan Oweiss Award.
  • In the United Arab Emirates he received the Al-Uweis Literary Award in 1997, a prize for Arab language poets.

Political persecution

In June 2006, Nasrallah's fourth collection of poetry "Nu’man Yastariddu Lawnahu" (Anemone Regains Its Colour) first published in 1984, was suddenly banned in Jordan, while Nasrallah faced charges of insulting the state, inciting dissension and reporting inaccurate information to future generations.

In an interview with The Guardian
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, Nasrallah commented on the charges he was facing by saying: "I was completely shocked,I did not know how to respond. All I could think of at that moment was that I needed to finish the book I was working on before things got worse. But I was unable to continue writing. I was confused and angry and also afraid."