“Alis in Blunderland” is a coming of age story about a girl who goes to find the trees that her family planted in Israel and discovers a magic key that transports her to the time of the Nakba, or the Palestinian catastrophe.
I am Alis and I have a magic key. Well, to be honest, I’m no longer clear what magic is — nor what is real and what is a fantasy. The two have collapsed in on each other and now I’m only sure that I must move between them delivering the message one has for the other, so that perhaps we all won’t get lost in the Disappearance that is happening now, and has been happening again and again throughout our tiny history.
This is a story about us and them. And how that ‘us’ and ‘them’ keeps shifting so often that I can hardly keep track — to whom I belong and who the ‘others’ are. Perhaps you will help me? I’m so alone now and yet, I need others more than ever before.
I know it’s not easy to imagine, that you can help me. As you hardly know who I am or what I need you to do. But I promise you, that I’ll show you everything you need to know, and that very soon you’ll be able to join me in fighting the Disappearance, and that it will be one of the greatest things you’ll ever do.
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