Written with the unapologetic immediacy of a journalist and father, The Drone Eats With Me is an essential guide to life in modern Gaza. Atef Abu Saif's chronicle of living in the age of drone warfare will stir the reader's heart: elucidating the art of survival amid abject circumstances. -Erin's July Staff Pick, 2016
An ordinary Gazan's chronicle of the struggle to survive during Israel's 2014 invasion of Gaza "The Drone Eats with Me" is an unforgettable rendering of everyday civilian life shattered by the realities of twenty-first-century warfare. Israel's 2014 invasion of Gaza lasted 51 days, killed 2,145 Palestinians (578 of them children), injured over 11,000 people, and demolished more than 17,000 homes. Atef Abu Saif, a young father and novelist, puts an indelibly human face on these statistics, providing a rare window into the texture of a community and the realities of a conflict that is too often obscured by politics.
About the Author
Atef Abu Saif was born in Jabalia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip in 1973. He is the author of five novels, including "A Suspended Life," which was shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arab Fiction. He lives with his family in Gaza.