MARCH 7, 2012:
Land of Sad Oranges is fiction: not subject to the normal procedures of history that
involve documentation and references. It is inherently subjective whereas history is
Treating it historically is an issue because the way an author portrays something
could be very different from how others (or even the majority) felt at the time.
Through the freedom of the fictional form you can develop character and
A novelist is setting out to write a piece of literary work, so it should be analyzed for
voice, structure, etc. It should not be treated as historical.
Leila’s research: very involved with the new historians and the “who-done-it”
debates over why Palestinians left and if there were expulsion policies.
Fawzi al-Qawuqji is blamed for some of the failures of 1948 from the Arab army
perspective and is demonized in Israeli literature. He led the Arab Liberation Army
(created and funded by the Arab league). It was a volunteer army sent in to Palestine
under his leadership in the civil war period, before the interstate war began on May
14 , 1948.
There are many small who-done-it debates about him: Was he secretly in collusion
with Israel? Was he working with King Abdullah with Jordan?
There isn’t much contemporaneous archival material in Arabic about 1948.
Leila got access to telegrams sent between the battalions in the ALA. She realized
that she knew little about his history, world, early life, or how he viewed the