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Somewhere, Home

by Nada Awar Jarrar

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Un joli petit livre qui se lit comme on laisse fondre un bonbon doux-amer sur la langue. Plus qu’un roman, ce sont trois nouvelles, trois histoires de femmes qui ne se connaissent pas mais qu’une maison, habitée ou vue un jour, relit sans qu’elles le sachent. Trois femmes que l’on suit dans leur quête de racines, d’identité. L’une cherche sa place et la juste distance par rapport à son histoire familiale, la seconde est une immigrée qui se cherche entre Liban et Occident, et la troisième se souvient de sa vie itinérante et de sa famille éparpillée dans le monde.
Un joli livre, d’une écriture poétique, qui suggère plus qu’elle ne dit, qui caresse ses personnages et leur donne une portée symbolique. Qu’il soit question de migration économique ou politique, ou tout simplement d’histoire familiale se dissolvant dans les changements de mode de vie, chacun tente au mieux de se réconcilier avec son héritage culturel, au prix d’illusions et d’espérances parfois déçues.
  raton-liseur | Oct 10, 2011 |
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"Nada Awar Jarrar's book tells the stories of three women, each of them removed from home, returning to home, searching for home, for somewhere that can be home. Each of them is Lebanese, each is unknown to the others, but each is drawn back to a country, to a village, to a house, that is - or was - or can be - home." "Maysa returns to live in the house that was her grand-parents when she was a child, in a village high on the slopes of Mount Lebanon, leaving Beirut and, at times, her husband and daughter, to search for her past and to imagine the past of her family in the home of her childhood. Aida, who has long since left the country of her birth, returns to the Lebanon in search of the spirit of Amou Mohammad, the Palestinian refugee who was a second father to her and her sisters when she was a child, Salwa, now an old woman, taken by her husband from her family home, her homeland, and her family when she was a young wife and mother, recalls her life from her hospital bed, surrounded by her children and her grandson, but still, in some sense, far from home." "Every one of us needs somewhere to call home, a country, a place, a house. A physical location, but also a symbol of connections, of safety, of family, of identity. Somewhere, Home explores the different meanings of home, in a world of emigration, of war, of economic migration and of return, of women who stay and men who leave, of women who leave and then return."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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