July: Track Changes
Track Changes by Sayed Kashua (ISRAEL/PALESTINE)
Translated by Mitch Ginsburg
Having emigrated to America years before, a nameless memoirist now residing in Illinois receives word that his estranged father, whom he has not spoken to in fourteen years, is dying. Leaving his wife and their three children, he returns to Jerusalem and to his hometown of Tira in Palestine to be by his family’s side. But few are happy to see him back and, geographically and emotionally displaced, he feels more alienated from his life than ever.
Sitting by his father’s hospital bed, the memoirist begins to remember long-buried traumas, the root causes of his fallout with his family, the catalyst for his marriage and its recent dissolution, and his strained relationships with his children—all of which is strangely linked to a short story he published years ago about a young girl named Palestine. As he plunges deeper into his memory and recounts the history of his land and his love, the lines between truth and lies, fact and fiction become increasingly blurred.
Track Changes is a stunningly original, poignant, and captivating exploration of alienation, love, country, and memory by one of the most important writers at work today.
A Most Anticipated Book of the First Half of 2020 at The Millions
“Writing as a venting of frustration… writing as a corrective of a flawed reality… writing as a liberating impulse that inevitably offends some who read it — all are in play in this mournfully shape-shifting novel, deftly translated by Mitch Ginsburg.”—Seattle Times
“A fierce and intelligent exploration of identity, class, relationship, and truth.”—The Millions
Sayed Kashua was born in 1975 and is the author of the novels Dancing Arabs, Let It Be Morning, which was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and Second Person Singular, winner of the prestigious Bemstein Prize. Kashua writes a weekly column for Haaretz and is the creator of the prize-winning sitcom, Arab Labor. Now living in Champaign, Illinois with his family, he teaches at the University of Illinois.