In order Foreign - not in the sense of loss perception, but in terms of over-enriching home-being, is also the young poet, whose collection on German and Arabic with this book is presented. 

Saleh Srouji as Mahmoud Darwish grew up in the state of Israel and knows the two cultures of the country equally, thus also knows, like Darwish, of the uprooting of the situation of exile in their own country.

Saleh Srouji has, after he first studied English in Bamberg, had adopted the Arab studies attention and initially made a name as a chronicler of the Palestinian Contemporary Culture: he submitted in 1993 a thesis on an avant-garde playwright and storyteller, as he himself comes from Galilee and has in an exemplary manner the challenge of alienation: Emil Habibi. His main work, "The Peptimist or From the Strange Incidents to the disappearance Saids"; was in a seminar Bamberger translated into German, in which Saleh Srouji was decisively involved. 

With Habibi shares Saleh Srouji not only the origin. He informed him his insight into the situation of the irreversible exile, whether in or outside the ancestral homeland. Habibi’s question (at the beginning of his second novel "The Valley of Djinnen" could also be raised by Saleh Srouji: "Should that mean that my confidence in our freedom should be shaken, to yearn in this country for this country - in Haifa for Haifa ? "  -  Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth

Beyond the Foreign 

Jenseits der Fremde

Saleh Khalil Srouji

Gedichte, Arabisch-Deutsch,
96 S., 13 Abb. (Kalligraphien)
 Format 13 x 20,5 cm
ISBN: 3-928591-91-6



In this study I would like to present four of the literary works of Emil Habibi, who is relatively unknown in the German/speaking word. The central question which I go into is: What form does the Palestinian search for identity take under the extreme socio/political and cultural conditions that Palestinians have been confronted with over the last four decades.


With this in mind, I have divided this study into an introduction and three main parts. Here the reader is immediately presented with the necessary background information. In particular, I go into Habibi’s treatment of the Palestinian struggle to maintain language and culture, which is reflected in his literary work and political life.


In Part I, A socio-literary investigation”, I present Habibi’s most important milestones in his life and literary development. In Part II, the four works of Habibi are subjected to a text analysis, which forms the main body of the study. Here emphasis is laid on an examination of the novel The Secret Life of Saeed, the Ill/Fated Pessoptimist. The central thesis of the “The Palestinian Search for Identity” extends over four stages of development found in Sextet on the six days, 1968, The Pessoptimist, 1974,   Lukac, the son of  Lukac , 1980, and Ihtayy, 1985.

Here, the search for national and cultural identity by those Palestinians who remained in Israel after 1948 is illustrated – A Search in a torn environment and in shattered times. In the final Part, I come to the conclusion that in his four works Habibi uses a variety of literary models to describe the Palestinian tragedy. In a résumé, his writing is evaluated.


It is apparent that Habibi offers in his works both political and literary solutions for the Palestinian identity problem at a time which demands rethinking about our past in order to achieve a better future.


Emil Habibi

The Search of the Palestinian
for the Self under tougher Conditions

Saleh Khalil Srouji

250 Seiten, Paperback,
 Format 21 x 15 cm 
 1. Auflage 
Erscheinungsdatum: 15.08.1994 
 ISBN 978-3-928898-17-1