The Palace of Angels


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The Palace of Angels was published on the 1st of September 2019 with Wild Dingo Press in Melbourne, Australia.


Birds born in a cage think that flying is a crime.

الطُيور اَلتى تُولَد فى القَفَصْ تَعتقِد أنَّ اَلطيران جَريمَة

Why are three young men moving a van full of hashish across the desert in the
middle of the night whilst a man and a woman attempts to conceive a child halfway
across the world? And why do two enemies fall in love with each other when they
really shouldn’t?

The Palace of Angels is about love formed in between the place of trying to
understand who we really are, why we struggle to discover that life can be as simple
as understanding that chickens may begin laying eggs, once more. The belief of
imagining we are one consistent self falls apart when we are bereft of hope. Our
demons, aggressive impulses – our anger is acted out flauntingly on the stage of war.

For the three young men in the desert Palestinian the allure becomes the gamble
hidden in the shadow of themselves, for Farida and Fathi who falls in love, life
unfolds as the dichotomy between miracles and ultimate loss. And for Adnan and
Linah, angels bring their hearts together when these lovers met at their first pre-
dawn encounter at a checkpoint queue. At the same time he who carved the angels
was served the cruellest of fates and embarked down the long dark road of revenge.


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1 review for The Palace of Angels

  1. Praise

    Praise for Morsi and The Palace of Angels:

    Twenty-two Years to Life is a moving and heartbreaking tale based on a true story. It brings new meaning both to steadfastness and the human suffering within the mega prison of the Gaza Strip. The level of the occupier’s cruelty is matched by the fragile humanity of the occupied––in a way that can only be appreciated with the personal narrative so beautifully spun. The human complexity turns and twists and is then exposed in this powerful tale of the clash between love and hate, revenge and compassion, within an impossible and abnormal reality of occupation, colonisation and ethnic cleansing. The Palace of Angels is a gripping tale that challenges our preconceived ideas and identities.
    – Ilan Pappe, Israeli historian and author, Professor of History, University of Exeter

    Vital, brutal and tender, The Palace of the Angels is written with the urgency of breaking news and the delicacy of poetry. This is Morsi at his passionate best.
    – Geraldine Brooks, acclaimed Australian author and Pulitzer Prizewinner

    With all the sympathy one might feel, it is impossible for an outsider to imagine what it is like to be a Palestinian living in the West Bank or Gaza today. Morsi affords one a revealing glimpse.
    – Daniel Gavron, author, former editor, Israel Radio and TheJerusalem Post

    The Palace of Angels was hurting, shaking, made me dizzy and uncomfortable, gave me hope and filled me with despair, all at once.
    – Kobi Tuch, Israeli educator

    It does not matter which part of the world we belong to if we consider ourselves a supporter of peace and equality, but it matters that we do not close our eyes to the fatal truth of the regime of Israel, Syria, Iran, Myanmar, Iraq, North Korea, Afghanistan or some of the African countries. It matters to listen to the independent voices are heard from these countries. And this novel is one of those voices. This novel is one of those voices that provokes our conscience.
    – Shokoofeh Azar, shortlisted author for 2018 Stella and Queensland Literary Awards

    Morsi, writing with tremendous empathy, has distilled a political conflict into a very human, visceral story. The dichotomy between love and oppression echoes through this powerful narrative, taking the reader on a shifting journey between the delicate and the devastating.
    – WritingWA

    What is Past is Dead is about desperate actions we sometimes take to counter desperate events. The best thing about this novella: it is an intimate portrait of one man’s life. Had Morsi painted this work on a bigger canvas, it would not have worked nearly so well as what he has done instead, which is to present us with a very fine cameo.
    – T.D. Whittle, Author

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