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Arabesques (1986)

by Anton Shammas

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Available again, Arabesques is a classic, complex novel of identity, memory, and history in the Middle East and points beyond--including Iowa and New York City. Anton Shammas, the first Arab to write a novel in Hebrew, has given us a riveting look at a people we hear too little about: Palestinian Christians. Arabesques was chosen as one of the best books of 1988 by the editors of the New York Times Book Review.… (more)

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Finished Arabesques which was really wonderful though I couldn't decide whether or not to take careful notes, make a chronology and a few family trees...moreFinished Arabesques which was really wonderful though I couldn't decide whether or not to take careful notes, make a chronology and a few family trees or to give myself over to the highly circular and poetic narrative that doubled back and repeated itself with much twinning of characters and plot. I did a little of both Fantastic book and an excellent choice for the J Street Reading Group ( )
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not perfecrt structure, but excellent imagery ( )
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Most first novels are disguised autobiographies.
This autobiography is a disguised novel.

Clive James, Unreliable Memoirs
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Grandmother Alia had never in her life heard of communism, despite the sickle laid upon her belly on Thursday, the first of April, 1954.
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Available again, Arabesques is a classic, complex novel of identity, memory, and history in the Middle East and points beyond--including Iowa and New York City. Anton Shammas, the first Arab to write a novel in Hebrew, has given us a riveting look at a people we hear too little about: Palestinian Christians. Arabesques was chosen as one of the best books of 1988 by the editors of the New York Times Book Review.

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