The hakawati

By: Alameddine, Rabih

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"Here is absolute beauty. One of the finest novels I've read in years." --Junot Diaz
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 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."

Title: The hakawati

Author Name: Alameddine, Rabih

Categories: Fiction & Literature.,

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.:

ISBN Number: 0307266796

ISBN Number 13: 9780307266798

Binding: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Book Condition: vg/g

Seller ID: BB0243619

Description: Light shelf-wear and a subtle damp-stain to dust jacket.