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The angel of history

Author: Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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""There are many ways to break someone's heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life."--Yiyun Li Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheaval. Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Mystery fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 9780802125767 080212576X
OCLC Number: 939426787
Description: 294 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Rabih Alameddine.

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""There are many ways to break someone's heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life."--Yiyun Li Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheaval. Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints. Set in Cairo and Beirut, Sana'a, Stockholm, and San Francisco, Alameddine gives us a charged philosophical portrait of a brilliant mind in crisis. This is a profound, philosophical and hilariously winning story of the war between memory and oblivion we wrestle with every day of our lives. "Rabih Alameddine is one our most daring writers-daring not in the cheap sense of lurid or racy, but as a surgeon, a philosopher, an explorer, or a dancer."-Michael Chabon"--
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A Washington Independent Review of Books, Literary Hub, and Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year "Alameddine, entrancing and unflinching, is in easy command of his bricolage narrative, and he Read more...

 
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