Sélim Nassib: The Palestinian Lover

(Fiction, 164 pp. French, 2004; English translation, 2007)

This novel, by a Lebanese-Jewish writer, tells the story of a rumored secret love affair between Golda Meir and a Palestinian aristocrat. Meir is young, married, the lone woman among the inner core of Zionist men. Her chance encounter with an Arab gentleman has repercussions far beyond her own family, vividly told against the backdrop of Mandate Palestine.

  • Review by Jay Trachtenberg, Austin Chronicle, February 23, 2007
  • Kirkus review
  • Profile by Natasha Lehrer, Tablet Magazine, February 6, 2008
  • Review by Joan Smith, The Independent, July 25, 2007
  • Review by Mary Whipple, MostlyFiction.com, April 12, 2007
  • Golda Meir’s ObituaryJerusalem Post, December 10, 1978
  • "Jaffa: Land of Sad Oranges” by Selim Nassib, Le Monde Diplomatique, December 2004