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Papa Sartre (Modern Arabic Literature)


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ISBN13: 9789774162985
ISBN10: 9774162986
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After a failed study mission in France, Abd al-Rahman returns home to Iraq to launch an existentialist movement akin to that of his hero. Convinced that it falls upon him to introduce his country's intellectuals to Sartre's thought, he feels especially qualified by his physical resemblance to the philosopher (except for the crossed eyes) and by his marriage to Germaine, who he claims is the great man's cousin. Meanwhile, his wealth and family prestige guarantee him an idle life spent in drinking, debauchery, and frequenting a well-known nightclub. But is his suicide an act of philosophical despair, or a reaction to his friend's affair with Germaine? A biographer chosen by his presumed friends narrates the story of a somewhat bewildered young man who like other members of his generation was searching for a meaning to his life. This parody of the abuses and extravagances of pseudo-philosophers in the Baghdad of the sixties throws into relief the Iraqi intellectual and cultural life of the time and the reversal of fortune of some of Iraq's wealthy and powerful families.


An ironic view of Iraqi intellectual life in the sixties

About the Author

Ali Bader, born in Baghdad in 1964, studied philosophy and French literature and worked as a war correspondent covering the Middle East. He is the author of nine novels, many of which have won awards. He now lives in Amman, Jordan.

Aida Bamia is professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is the translator of The Inheritance by Sahar Khalifeh (AUC Press, 2005).

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saadk333, December 21, 2009 (view all comments by saadk333)
no punches are pulled in Ali Bader's most famous work. Still pretty rough going for even our jaded sensibilities, but Papa Sartre is an unforgettable novel of self-confession. Maybe the most honest book ever written in Arabic world. and it is banned from publication in his country for years. When you read this, you see immediately how much modern writers owe Ali Bader.
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Bader, Ali
American University in Cairo Press
Bamia, Aida
Bamia, Aida
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Modern Arabic Literature
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5.2 x 8 x 0.7 in 0.75 lb

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