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Alameddine, Rabih
The hakawati / Rabih Alameddine
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
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Location Call Number Status
 Armenian Research Center  PS3551.L215 H35    CALL 593-5181
Subject Middle East -- Fiction
Subject(s) Storytellers -- Fiction
Physical Description 513 p. ; 25 cm
Note ACCESS: May only be used at the Armenian Research Center ; please call 313 593-5181 for Center hours
"This is a Borzoi book."--T.p. verso
Summary In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. The city is a shell of the Beirut Osama remembers, but he and his friends and family take solace in the things that have always sustained them: gossip, laughter, and, above all, stories. Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching stories--of his arrival in Lebanon, an orphan of the Turkish wars, and of how he earned the name al-Kharrat, the fibster--are interwoven with classic tales of the Middle East, stunningly reimagined. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the ancient, fabled Fatima; and Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders. Here, too, are contemporary Lebanese whose stories tell a larger, heartbreaking tale of seemingly endless war--and of survival.--From publisher description
Series Armenian Research Center collection

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