Item description for The Loved Ones: A Modern Arabic Novel (Modern Arabic Literature) by Alia Mamdouh & Marilyn L. Booth...
Suhaila lies in a coma in a Paris hospital. Her son Nadir flies in from Canada, and friends keep vigil. As she lies voiceless and suspended between life and death we, like Nadir, come to discover her through the multiple narratives that hover around her sickbed: fragments of conversations, memories, and letters, all (re)membered, first by Nadir, and then through Suhaila's diary entries in Paris and in Canada. The loved ones of the title are the constellation of friends, predominantly women, who flock to Suhaila's side from all over the world to envelope her in the warmth of friendship that may ultimately save her and enable her rebirth. Suhaila comes alive through the stories about her: her excesses, her love of dancing, of wine, and of poetry, despite years of abuse by her Iraqi husband, the bleakness of exile from home, and the frustrating separation from her only son. The Loved Ones is an intimately moving, polyphonic narrative of displacement and nomadism, a disjointed, at times disfigured tale that blends diverse time frames so that the past, the present, and the future are unified, interlocked, and intertwined. This award-winning novel is a hymn to friendship and to boundless giving that ultimately restores life - it is a story about memory and history, a story against forgetting.
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Studio: AUC Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 19, 2006
Publisher AUC Press
ISBN 9774249410 ISBN13 9789774249419
Availability 0 units.
More About Alia Mamdouh & Marilyn L. Booth
Alia Mamdouh was born in Baghdad in 1944 and has been a journalist and writer for over thirty years. She has published four novels, two collections of short stories, and numerous critical essays. Since going into exile in 1982, she has lived and worked in London, Cairo, and Beirut. Currently, she resides at the Georges-Pompidou Centre in Paris.