The Hakawati

Author(s): Rabih Alameddine

Fiction

An astonishingly inventive, wonderfully exuberant novel that takes us from the shimmering dunes of ancient Egypt to the war-torn streets of twenty-first-century Lebanon.

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 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."

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General Fields

  • : 9781472154804
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Corsair
  • : June 2019
  • : ---length:- '19.8'width:- '12.6'units:- Centimeters
  • : June 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 528
  • : Rabih Alameddine
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : FIC