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Liana Badr


Liana Badr was born in Jerusalem in 1952. Her father was a writer in science and literature and her mother a teacher. Both were political activists and her father spent some time in prison. Badr went to boarding school in Jerusalem. After the Six-Day War in 1967, the family left for Jordan and Badr went to the University of Jordan to study sociology and psychology but the Black September led to many Palestinians leaving Jordan. Badr went to Beirut where she studied philosophy and psychology at Beirut Arab University. At this time she started writing and wrote her first novel. After completing her B.A., she began to study for a master’s in English literature but war further interrupted her studies and she fled to Syria and then to Tunisia. She finally returned to the West Bank in 1993. She continued to publish novels, stories and poetry, usually related to the Palestinian situation, and has been very much involved in cinema, writing and directing several films.

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1979 بوصلة من أجل عباد الشمس (Compass of the Sunflower) (novel)
1983 قصص الحب والمطاردة (stories)
1983 شرفة على الفاكهاني (A Balcony over the Fakihani) (novellas)
1985 أنا أريد النهار (stories)
1991 عين المرآة (Eye of the Mirror) (novel)
1992 جحيم ذهبي (stories)
1993 نجوم أريحا (novel)
2007 سماء واحدة (دار (stories
2008 زمن الليل (poetry)