Nine Quarters of Jerusalem with Matthew Teller

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 7:00pm

Schuler Books
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI  48103 

Join us for a reading and signing with Matthew Teller as he presents his new book Nine Quarters of Jerusalem: A New Biography of the Old City which looks at the historic city from a fresh perspective. 

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About the Book
This unique, absorbing biography of the city brings to light its overlooked histories and diverse contemporary voices.

In Jerusalem, what you see and what is true are two different things. The Old City has never had “four quarters” as its maps proclaim. And beyond the crush and frenzy of its major religious sites, many of its quarters are little known to visitors, its people ignored and their stories untold. Nine Quarters of Jerusalem lets the communities of the Old City speak for themselves. Ranging from ancient past to political present, it evokes the city’s depth and cultural diversity.
 
Matthew Teller’s highly original “biography” features not just Jerusalem’s Palestinian and Jewish communities, but its African and Indian voices, its Greek and Armenian and Syriac communities, its downtrodden Dom-gypsy families and its Sufi mystics. It discusses the sources of Jerusalem’s holiness and the ideas—often startlingly secular—that have shaped lives within its walls. It is an evocation of place through story, led by the voices of Jerusalemites.

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About the Author:
Matthew Teller writes for the BBC, The Guardian, Times of London, Financial Times, and other global media. He has produced and presented documentaries for BBC Radio and has reported for the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent program from around the Middle East and beyond. He is the author of several travel guides, including the Rough Guide to Jordan. His most recent book is Quite Alone: Journalism from the Middle East 2008–2019.

 

Praise for:
​​“[Teller’s] highly perceptive and readable book…combines millennia of Jerusalem’s history with insightful interviews with its residents…a subtle portrait of the current reality at the heart of the world’s most intractable and divisive conflict.” —The Observer
 
“[An] engaging biography…Teller is an informed, enthusiastic guide.” —Financial Times
 
“A love letter to the people of the Old City…Teller’s book [is] a rare treasure.” —Jerusalem Post
 
“Teller excels in piecing together the old and the new, religion and politics, money and family, combining academic research with powerful human stories. In his colorful style, he brings the city and its occupants to life, taking readers on a breathtaking journey…a remarkable book.” —Arab News
 
“An original and engaging take on the city…packed with fascinating material.” —Tel Aviv Review of Books

“Evokes the sights, smells, and flavors of ‘Old’ Jerusalem effectively…[Teller] is an enchanting but angry storyteller; angry about the injustices and inequities experienced in the city over centuries…an engrossing travelogue.” —Catholic Herald 

“This telling of history spotlights the characters, communities, and institutions that have given the Old City a heartbeat underneath all the grandeur and mythology…Teller’s stories are informed by dogged detective work.” —Middle East Eye
 
“Teller is a travel writer by background and it shows in his descriptions of Jerusalem…seemingly little things are what makes this book stand out.” —Asian Review of Books

“Captivating. Teller’s language flows lightly but his feelings run deep, and it is difficult to pull away from his descriptions of the Old City.” —Noga Tarnopolsky, Jerusalem reporter, Los Angeles Times
 

Nine Quarters of Jerusalem: A New Biography of the Old City By Matthew Teller Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781635423341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on title for location specific availability.
Published: Other Press - September 27th, 2022