PEN Atlas: Atef Abu Saif on writing in Gaza

Atef Abu Saif, editor of PEN award-winning anthology The Book of Gaza (Comma Press, 2014), is the author of The Drone Eats With Me: Diaries from a City Under Fire. Here, he tells the story of how this new collection came to be, and how the Gazan cultural scene is thriving – in spite of the backdrop of ongoing conflict.

Read ‘Over the sound of the drone’ here.


‘Witnessed, lived, and recorded page by page. A searing account of living through the 2014 bombardment of Gaza. We who report it can never capture the true scale of individual and collective suffering. As a Gaza resident, Atef Abu Saif’s diary provides an insight no outsider could ever have achieved.’ – Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

Find out more about The Drone Eats with Me.

Read an interview with Sarah Irving, who translated one of the short stories in The Book of Gaza (2014).

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