Fugitive Dreams: Chronicles of Occupation and Resistance

Ramsey Hanhan

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Fugitive Dreams is a slightly fictionalized literary memoir illustrating a sweeping 50 years of life under occupation through personal stories. Born in Palestine ‘on the “wrong” side of the border,’ Sameer finds his way to America to rebuild his life. His immigrant experience in post-9/11 America is laced to the ongoing conflict at home with the common threads of school shootings, police violence, human rights abuses, activism, and walls. For the sake of his daughter, he decides he must do something.


"Fugitive Dreams is one of the few books that would make a compelling read even for those of us very familiar with the question of Palestine. ... I highly recommend Hanhan's debut literary project."
- Jareer Kassis, Mondoweiss

"A scream that comes from the mouths of an entire generation. ... This book is full of shocking, poignant, and sublime moments, and it is delightfully fascinating, vividly evocative, and emotionally honest throughout."
- The Bookish Elf

"I was engaged from the start of the book and had to see how it would end, even in a world where there is no end in sight. Hanhan's suggestions toward the end would serve all of us, no matter what your challenges may be."
- Ned Tillman, Author of 
The Big Melt and Saving the Places We Love

"A profound fictional portrayal of Palestinian life and struggle."
- Sam Bahour, ePalestine

"Fugitive Dreams whisks us along the streets and hills of Palestine, giving a glimpse of an occupied childhood witnessing an Intifada against a military power. The knock on the door, in the middle of the night, is all too familiar. The Nakba's inherited trauma, the dislocation of statelessness and exile, the suspended evanescence of interim periods, and never-ending processes of "peace" are all there."
- This Week in Palestine

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