The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist by Emile Habiby and Trevor Le Gassick
Emile Habiby is the only writer to win the highest awards for literature from both the PLO and the Israeli government. This modern classic explores the frailty of Palestinian life by a man who attempts to avoid politics only to get sucked in as first a "terrorist" and then an "Israeli collaborator". Having served as a member of the Israeli Knesset, Emile Habiby draws from his own frustrations as a Palestinian politician in the absurd politics of the Israeli legislature.
The author's own anger and sorrow at Palestine's tragedy and his acquaintance with the absurdities of Israeli politics are here transmuted into biting, funny satire.