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Disciples of Passion (Middle East Literature in Translation)

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"In this brief, enigmatic novel by award-winning Lebanese author Barakat (The Tiller of Waters; The Stone of Laughter), an unnamed Christian narrator tells of his relationship with a Muslim woman during Lebanon's civil war. It's a fragmentary cri de coeur told in retrospect from the confines of a Church-run insane asylum with the menace of war still very present. A series of charged events-murder, kidnapping, mortar attacks-add urgency to the narrative, but these are never arranged into a plot, and the reader is left with less a storyline than a sense of a complete breakdown of memory, identity and all forms of certainty, with the narrator at one point remarking, 'Why, I'm barely able to keep myself convinced that I'm really here...' This is no Romeo and Juliet style romance: at times it seems as if the surrounding inter-ethnic strife is the least of the lovers' problems, and their increasingly tormented relationship is more an embodiment of the war and alienation around them than a romantic gesture of defiance. The novel's impassioned, poetic prose (superbly translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth) teems with strange visions, religious diction and imagery, and drifts into discursive riffs on the impossibility of knowing the 'other.' Published by the Syracuse University Press as part of its Middle East literature in translation series, this volume seems destined for an academic audience." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Novelist and short-story writer Barakat left her native Lebanon in 1989, during the civil war, and has lived in Paris since. This novel chronicles that civil war through the troubled and sometimes quasi- hallucinatory mind of a young man who has experienced kidnappings, hostage exchange, and hospital internment. Ahl al-Hawa was published in 1993 by Dar al-Nahar, Beirut, and is the second of Barakat's novels Booth (comparative and world literature, U. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign) has translated.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Novelist and short-story writer Barakat left her native Lebanon in 1989, during the civil war, and has lived in Paris since. This novel chronicles that civil war through the troubled and sometimes quasi- hallucinatory mind of a young man who has experienced kidnappings, hostage exchange, and hospital internment. Ahl al-Hawa was published in 1993 by Dar al-Nahar, Beirut, and is the second of Barakat's novels Booth (comparative and world literature, U. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign) has translated. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780815608332
Translator:
Booth, Marilyn
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Translator:
Booth, Marilyn
Author:
Barakat, Hoda
Author:
Barakat, Huda
Subject:
African
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Middle East Literature in Translation
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
8.36x5.72x.68 in. .69 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this brief, enigmatic novel by award-winning Lebanese author Barakat (The Tiller of Waters; The Stone of Laughter), an unnamed Christian narrator tells of his relationship with a Muslim woman during Lebanon's civil war. It's a fragmentary cri de coeur told in retrospect from the confines of a Church-run insane asylum with the menace of war still very present. A series of charged events-murder, kidnapping, mortar attacks-add urgency to the narrative, but these are never arranged into a plot, and the reader is left with less a storyline than a sense of a complete breakdown of memory, identity and all forms of certainty, with the narrator at one point remarking, 'Why, I'm barely able to keep myself convinced that I'm really here...' This is no Romeo and Juliet style romance: at times it seems as if the surrounding inter-ethnic strife is the least of the lovers' problems, and their increasingly tormented relationship is more an embodiment of the war and alienation around them than a romantic gesture of defiance. The novel's impassioned, poetic prose (superbly translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Booth) teems with strange visions, religious diction and imagery, and drifts into discursive riffs on the impossibility of knowing the 'other.' Published by the Syracuse University Press as part of its Middle East literature in translation series, this volume seems destined for an academic audience." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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