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ISBN13: 9780307386274
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In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of the Middle East. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the beautiful Fatima; Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders; and a host of mischievous imps. Through Osama, we also enter the world of the contemporary Lebanese men and women whose stories tell a larger, heartbreaking tale of seemingly endless war, conflicted identity, and survival. With The Hakawati, Rabih Alameddine has given us an Arabian Nights for this century.

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“Here is absolute beauty. One of the finest novels I've read in years.” Junot Díaz

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“Sharp, seductive storytelling.” O, The Oprah Magazine

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“Delightful....Alameddine juxtaposes truth and fiction, contemporary lust and bawdy tales of the past, today's grief and sorrow in the ancient world.” The Washington Post Book World

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“A wonderful book-poignant, profane....This novel will keep you transfixed.” The Boston Globe

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Alameddine's astonishingly inventive, wonderfully exuberant novel takes readers from the shimmering dunes of ancient Egypt to the war-torn streets of 21-century Lebanon. The Hakawati is a funny, captivating novel that enchants and dazzles.

About the Author

Rabih Alameddine was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese parents, and grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon. He was educated in England and America, and has an engineering degree from UCLA and an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He is also the author of the novel Koolaids: Or The Art of War, the story collection, The Perv, and, most recently, I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters. His pieces have appeared in Zoetrope, The Evening Standard and Al-Hayat, among others. Mr. Alameddine, a painter as well as an author, has had solo gallery exhibitions in cities throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He has lectured at numerous universities including M.I.T and the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. Mr. Alameddine was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in 2002. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.

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rebecca21241, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by rebecca21241)
this book combines the arabian myths with the realities of history. a multi-layered festival of color linking the rich arab past with the cruel realities of today. a love story, a comedy, and a tragedy. a hakawati is a storyteller, a keeper of the history, of the traditions of lebanon. the narrator's grandfather was a hakawati and the narrator inherited his gift of storytelling. a powerful book written by an author who, i hope, will continue to write, experiment, and risk failure.
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Victoria Hoyt, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Victoria Hoyt)
Best book of the decade. Lovely writing, intriguing stories and a beautiful look at some folklore I barely knew existed.
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ISBN:
9780307386274
Author:
Alameddine, Rabih
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Storytellers.
Subject:
Literary
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General
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090631
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 1.1 in 0.8 lb

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"Review" by , “Here is absolute beauty. One of the finest novels I've read in years.”
"Review" by , “Sharp, seductive storytelling.”
"Review" by , “Delightful....Alameddine juxtaposes truth and fiction, contemporary lust and bawdy tales of the past, today's grief and sorrow in the ancient world.”
"Review" by , “A wonderful book-poignant, profane....This novel will keep you transfixed.” The
"Synopsis" by , Alameddine's astonishingly inventive, wonderfully exuberant novel takes readers from the shimmering dunes of ancient Egypt to the war-torn streets of 21-century Lebanon. The Hakawati is a funny, captivating novel that enchants and dazzles.
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