An evocative history of Palestine, told through the stories of the people who have survived the conflict.
Palestinian history has long faced obstacles, first from Orientalist readings of the Middle East, and then by attempts from Zionists to replace Palestinian historical narratives. The Last Earth challenges previous takes on Palestinian history, unearthing the commonalities within the Palestinian narrative, separated through political divisions, geographical barriers and walls, factionalism, military occupation, and exile. Through testimonies and accounts, we come to understand the complexities and contradictions of memory and the telling of history in the midst of conflict.
As well as offering a history of the conflict and the region, The Last Earth also acts as a reclamation of history for the Palestinian people, allowing them to be active participants in shaping the present and the future.
Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, media consultant, author and editor of the Palestine Chronicle. He is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. He is the author of My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story (Pluto, 2009), and The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto, 2018), among others books. He has a PhD in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter.
'A masterpiece of history and a masterful feat of writing' - Counterpunch
'In the finest tradition of people's history, these sensitive, painful and evocative pieces provide a human face to the painful saga of Palestinian torment and the remarkable courage and resilience of the victims' - Noam Chomsky
'Gives us the privilege of listening to, savouring and indeed cherishing the rarely heard Palestinian stories saturated with the fears, joys, suffering, and triumphs of the human spirit ... must be read and shared' - Mondoweiss
'A powerful tool to revive and record the human history of al Nakba, a must read for all those who want to see the concealed human dimension of the Palestinian life and suffering' - Salman Abu Sitta, author of Mapping my Return and the Atlas of Palestine
'Engaging, unforgettable, complex and unique. The Last Earth provides a unique way of tackling the problem of writing history. Reading it is like walking around a gallery of old master paintings, each telling its own harrowing and often beautiful story about the same episode in human history' - Baronesse Jenny Tonge
'A Palestinian triumph of the pen over the sword' - Yoav Litvin - Truthout
'This book is a very moving collection of personal stories ... a powerful metaphor for the steadfastness and determination of the Palestinian people to regain their land and lives' - Counterfire
'This is a dangerous book because by inviting us into an intimacy with the people of Palestine, it predicates compelling moral action to end the monstrous injustice; for this reason Baroud’s The Last Earth must be read and shared' - Mondoweiss
'Exciting and enlightening ... a persuasive, literary argument for why Palestinians deserve to be free in their own country' - The Jordan Times
1. Shit River
2. Abu Sandal, the One with the Slippers
3. Spirit of the Orchard
4. Death Notice
5. Jesus of Beit Jala
6. Letters to Heba
7. Alive in Gaza
8. The Last Sky
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745338002
eBook ISBN: 9781786802880
129mm x 198mm