On January 11th, 2021, the Christopher G. Moore Foundation announced that Going Home: A walk through fifty years of occupation, (2019) by Raja Shehadeh was the winner of The 2020 Moore Prize. The purpose of the Moore prize is to recognize and “encourage original, creative, and courageous writing of fiction and non-fiction about the relationship of power to the lives of ordinary citizens in all parts of the globe; and to encourage authors to investigate and analyze the causes of conflict, abuse and violation of human rights.” Catherine Morris, the Chairperson of the judging panel, reverently remarked that “the beauty of its writing and the author’s ability to convey the everyday realities of generations of ordinary Palestinians living under occupation. Readers will not come away from this book with a multi-party history, an analysis of Palestinian resistance to occupation, or a catalogue of human rights violations. Instead, the poignant power of Raja Shehadeh’s memoir draws the reader towards a sense of intimacy with the city and people of Ramallah trying to live their lives in dignity and peace.”
Learn more about Going Home’s Moore Prize and about the other books on the short list here.
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