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The Hakawati, Alameddine, Rabih
Author:    Alameddine, Rabih

Title:   The Hakawati

Binding:   Trade Paperback

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Pan Macmillan 2008

ISBN Number:   0330456202 / 9780330456203

Seller ID:   10022004

Multiple copies of this title available. 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. Like a true hakawati, Rabih Alameddine has given us an "Arabian Nights" for this century--a funny, captivating novel that enchants and dazzles from its very first lines: "Listen. Let me take you on a journey beyond imagining. Let me tell you a story." Quantity Available: 9. Category: Fiction; Action & Adventure; ISBN/EAN: 9780330456203. Inventory No: 10022004. Paperback

Fiction; Action & Adventure; NOISBN Paperback



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