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Publisher Description

The Sea Cloak is a collection of 11 stories by the author, journalist, and women’s rights campaigner, Nayrouz Qarmout. Drawing from her own experiences growing up in a Syrian refugee camp, as well as her current life in Gaza, these stories stitch together a patchwork of different perspectives into what it means to be a woman in Palestine today.

Whether following the daily struggles of orphaned children fighting to survive in the rubble of recent bombardments, or mapping the complex, cultural tensions between different generations of refugees in wider Gazan society, these stories offer rare insights into one of the most talked about, but least understood cities in the Middle East. Taken together, the collection affords us a local perspective on a global story, and it does so thanks to a cast of (predominantly female) characters whose vantage point is rooted, firmly, in that most cherished of things, the home. 

Translated from the Arabic by Perween Richards.

The bestselling book at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival 2019!


One of Book and Bao's '10 Best Translated Books of 2019'


One of PopMatter's Best Books of 2019.


One of The Literary Addict's Top Reads of 2019.


One of Translating Women's 10 Favourite Books of 2019.


'All the arts are close to us because they allow us to recontextualise, to understand where we are, what we are, who we are. The Sea Cloak by Nayrouz Qarmout re-contextualises things so we really understand the world from the point of view we always knew was there.' - Ali Smith


'Explosive, resonant images are conjured in Qarmout's confident, arresting voice.' - The Guardian

Fiction & Literature
August 22
Comma Press
Comma Press