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The Hakawati

Authors: Alameddine, Rabih
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC045000, FIC019000, FIC010000
ISBN: 9780307269270, Related ISBNs: 0307266796, 0307269272, 0307386279, 0385664761, 038566477X
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 544,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of the Middle East. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the beautiful Fatima; Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders; and a host of mischievous imps. Through Osama, we also enter the world of the contemporary Lebanese men and women whose stories tell a larger, heartbreaking tale of seemingly endless war, conflicted identity, and survival. With The Hakawati, Rabih Alameddine has given us an Arabian Nights for this century.
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