Ibrahim Nasrallah was born in 1954 to Palestinian parents who were evicted from their land in Palestine in 1948. He spent his childhood and youth in a refugee camp in Jordan, and began his career as a teacher in Saudi Arabia. After returning to Amman, he worked in the media and cultural sectors till 2006 when he decided to dedicate his life to writing. To date, he has published 14 poetry collections, 16 novels, and several other books. In 1985, he started writing the Palestinian Tragicomedy covering 250 years of modern Palestinian history in a series of novels in which each novel is an independent one; to date nine novels were published in the framework of this project. Five of his novels and a volume of poetry have been published in English, three works in Italian, one novel in Danish and one in Turkish. In 2016, Nasrallah was awarded the Katara Prize for Arabic Novels for his work The Spirits of Kilimanjaro.
Wayfarer Barbers look at your hair while you were passing by the door preoccupied Tailors take the type of your shirt Shopkeepers size up your height Taxi drivers take a look at your style Pickpockets seek your pocket Hangmen study your neck Beauticians control your nose Women search for your charm Mirrors see your light Eye doctors examine your eyes And the police look for your wrists Sprinters inspect their legs Swimmers watch their shoulders Censors look the lips For shoemakers there are only these boots and shoes! Storytellers eye their steps Sharpshooters shoot from head! İbrahim Nasrallah English Translation by Mesut Şenol