Albert Pharaon, heir to an enormous fortune, son of a rich Palestinian family, bored banker, has a lover in Haifa. At least that is what the rumormongers say, scandalized by his having abandoned his wife and children in Lebanon. And not just any lover: she is Jewish; she is a militant Zionist; her name is Golda Meir, future president of Israel. Forbidden love and dangerous passions combine in this historical novel about one of the century’s major political figures.
Sélim Nassib, author of I Loved You for Your Voice (Europa Editions, 2006), masterfully evokes the atmosphere of Palestine in the nineteen-twenties and mixes history, biography, and legend in this gripping tale of an “impossible affair.”
Sélim Nassib was born in Beirut in 1946 and currently lives in Paris. Throughout the 1980s, during the war in Lebanon, he served as a correspondent for the French newspaper Liberation. He is also well known for his articles appearing in other high-profile periodicals. In 1990, he put an end to his career as journalist and has since dedicated himself full-time to literature. He is the author of The Palestinian Lover (Europa Editions, 2007) and I Loved You for Your Voice (Europa Editions, 2006).