This volume deals with the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s in a post-modern, poetic style. The narrative focuses on the deranged, destabilized, confused, and hyper-perceptive state of mind created by living on the scene through a lengthy war. The story is filled with details that transcend the willed narcissism of the main character, while giving clues to the culture of the time. Issues of gender and identity are acutely portrayed against Leban's shifting national landscape.
Author of some ten novels in Arabic, al-Daif lives in Beirut. Nirvana Tanoukhi, a graduate student in comparative literature at the University of Texas at Austin, has a master's degree in literary translation from the University of Arkansas. Anton Shammas, a distinguished author, critic, and professor at the University of Michigan, has written the introduction to the novel.
University of Texas Press
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CMES Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation