Presentation of the book "Walls,
tears and za'tar"
Cittadellarte, Biella, 17th April 2008
The Director of the Anna Lindh Euro–Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between Cultures Gianluca Solera has been invited by Love Difference to present his last book "Muri, lacrime e za’tar" (Walls, tears and za’tar. Life histories and voices from Palestine) around the Mediterranean Table in the Arte al Centro Space of Cittadellarte.
The author has explained his experience, two intense years in Palestine, his relations and his point of view about conflicts, hate and war.
Gianluca Solera faced this trip to research about his own Jewish roots (as his serfardite last name “Solera”) and to learn the Arabic language. The trip therefore was not a pretext to write the book, moreover it was the result of the necessity to make public the stories he had lived there.
The wall, named in the title, is a symbol for the separation between Israelis and Palestinians and can only be knocked down with the dialogue and the cohabitations between two cultures who should not be afraid of getting to know each other.
The closed attitude, typical also of our culture, should be changed through curiosity, dialogue and research about what we do not know and frightens us: the Other.
After talking about dramatic stories about revenge and anger but also about hope and the search of identity, the author has closed the meeting narrating how the people’s awareness of the little things, like za’tar (sesame seeds with salt) can be a small plug that constitutes a small but fundamental part of a mosaic where still many pieces are missing.
Gianluca Solera is collaborating with Love Difference in several projects..