Sayed Kashua at SF State: For Popular Palestinian Israeli Writer, Home Is Elusive

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Kashua’s quick wit and self-deprecating humor were on display throughout his talk, which was organized by SFSU’s Department of Jewish Studies, the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University and the Israel Institute. After reading a comic essay — his first written in English, his third language — about achieving his American dream by riding in a limousine and flying first class, Kashua discussed his latest novel, “Track Changes,” which will be published in English in January. The book follows an Arab-Israeli writer who reconnects with his estranged father on his deathbed.

“It’s about the effect of writing and how sometimes there’s a very big price to pay for what you write,” he explained. “For me, writing always caused a lot of troubles.”