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THE PARACHUTE PARADOX — Decolonizing The Imagination Softcover | Hardcover | Kindle | Ebook | A Memoir

First Published by Kerber Verlag | English | Germany


"For Steve Sabella, the occupation attaches each Palestinian to an Israeli, as if in a tandem jump. The Israeli is always in control, placing the Palestinian under threat in a never-ending hostage situation. Sabella has two options: either to surrender or take a leap of faith. Sabella’s new book, The Parachute Paradox, is a memoir telling the life story of the artist born in Jerusalem’s Old City and raised under Israeli Occupation. After living through both intifadas, being kidnapped in Gaza, and learning to navigate different cultures, he feels in exile at home. Blurring fact and fiction, love and loss, the memoir traces one man’s arduous search for liberation from within, through a confrontation with the colonized imagination."

available in its second edition

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, London

Mohammed Al-Assad

"The Parachute Paradox offers narrative storytelling of the life of the Jerusalemite artist and his experiences under Israeli occupation. It proposes a subject that is unprecedented in Palestinian literature: the liberation of the self and the homeland through the liberation of the imagination."

review in Arabic

The US Review of Books

Eric Hoffer Award Winner Announcement

The Parachute Paradox, Steve Sabella, Kerber Verlag – With a clever and intriguing cover, this book eagerly invites the reader to explore its contents. Perhaps the fact that the author is an accomplished artist and photographer explains the volume’s elegant appearance. The book’s content isn’t any less appealing. We learn the story of a Christian boy growing up among Arabs in Israeli-occupied Palestine, drowning in the toxic national and religious ideology that surrounds him. We later discover a young man who’s freedom does not exist except as an expression of his art, and as an endless love for the girl of his dreams. We finally encounter a mature, conflicted man pursuing his career in exile and using art as the vehicle of his liberation.

This memoir offers a glimpse into the perpetual Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of an innocent bystander, who struggles to survive and who learns to live free, if only in his mind. Meanwhile, the Palestinian and the Israeli existence continues to be linked like the parachute jumper and his trainer, who descend in a dangerous tandem toward an insecure future.

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The National

The National UAE

"The number of books about Israel and Palestine published every year can feel oppressive to the average reader. On rare occasions, an original narrative of the conflict, imbued with honesty and sensitivity, is published."

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Rabbi Yehuda Sarna | New York

"Thrilling, challenging, inspiring, thoughtful.The Parachute Paradox is part romance, part thriller, part political analysis. It is thoroughly redemptive and frustrating at the same time. It embraces the reality of a journey of identity and a path to internal peace. Any interested party in the Arab-Israeli conflict must read this firsthand account. In it, Steve tracks all the harmful pitfalls of stereotypes and gives the reader a taste of the kind of spiritual vision necessary to take us beyond the boxes that entrap us." 

Professor of History of Art | Beirut

Nicoles Youness

"Sabella writes not only as a novelist but also as a choreographer, dancing with words and images. He infuses this captivating book with exceptional cinematographic energy, artistry, and uniqueness in conveying the scene. In short, these are cinematographic pages par excellence."

Moors Magazine | The Netherlands

"The Parachute Paradox is perhaps the most impressive book I have ever read on the Palestinian-Jewish conflict. A good book to read and to go through gently, piece by piece."

Palestinian Artist

Joanna Barakat

"A thought-provoking, compelling and beautifully crafted memoir. From the brilliant metaphor in the title to the last page, this book is an inspirational work of art."

NPR Berlin

Lily Kelting

"The Parachute Paradox is as much a love story as it is a political testimony."

ICI Berlin

Almút Bruckstein 

"Steve Sabella takes the entire world for an imagination within the imagination—in alliance with 13th century mystics who develop this vision in order to develop their characteristic poetry and art." 

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The Palestine Chronicle

Rod Such 

"A must-read for the Palestinian perspective. Thankfully, this memoir is a journey that ends with an epiphany."


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Barnes & Noble   US  

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Waterstones  UK

Abebooks   Canada


Booktopia  AU

Powell's Books   US

Amazon (available)

Blackwell   UK

Adlibris   SE

Angus & Robertson   AU

Hudson Group Booksellers  US


Fishbond  NZ

Strand Book Store   NY



Book launch at the Institute for Critical Inquiry ICI Berlin

Launched at:

Institute for Critical Inquiry ICI Berlin with Almút Sh. Bruckstein, founder of Taswir Projects and Alya Sebti, Director of ifa-Galerie Berlin.

SOAS University of London with  Dr Siba Aldabbagh and Prof. Wen-Chin Ouyang (video included).

Al-Serkal Avenue in Dubai with Rebecca Proctor.

Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait with poet, writer, critic and thinker Mohammed Al Asaad. Click here for Al-Assad's review in Arabic for Al-Khaleej newspaper.

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