(READ) Al wudjuh al bayda Author Elias Khoury
Ears in Beirut including the ears of the Lebanese civil war 1975 1990 in which as many as 250000 civilians were killed and over a million were injured half with debilitating and lifelong injuries The war involved multiple factions including Palestinians displaced from their homeland after the creation of the state of Israel Lebanese Christians Syrians Israeli and American military forces and smaller groups and militias The conflict was notable for shifting and betrayals and nonaligned civilians often found themselves accused by one faction of abetting another one based on family and old friendships Corruption was rampant and traditional roles and social customs were ignored as those who had guns and money ruled over besieged communitiesThis novel was originally published in 1981 in Arabic translated into English by Maia Taber and released by Archipelago Books last monthIn White Masks Khoury uses the murder of Khalil Ahmad Jaber an ordinary civilian with no known enemies or suspicious alliances as a vehicle to describe the lives of those affected by the Lebanese civil war in 1980 Several family members neighbors and others who have come into contact with him are interviewed to learn about this senseless killing and we come to learn about the hardships despair and frustrations that plague civilians caught between the shifting factions The following excerpt effectively characterizes the views of the average person What is happening to us is very strangeOne wonders if it is the result of unexplained mental disordersNo one is able to control all the crimeIt s grown into an epidemic a plague devouring us from withinI suppose that is what is meant by social fragmentation in civil conflicts I ve read about it but somehow this seems differentyou d think they positively savored murder like a sip of Coke Poor Khalil Jaber But it s not just himhe at least has found
his restwhat about the rest of us the Lord only knows how we restwhat about the rest of us the Lord only knows how we dieKhoury effectively uses several metaphors throughout the book to describe the decay and breakdown in Lebanese society and the accounts of the characters provide vivid descriptions of the effects of the war on those who survive the daily carnage White Masks is a stunning and essential literary achievement which nearly reaches the brilliance of his later novel Gate of the Sun I saw some guy reading this on the subway last night and almost gave myself a headache trying to read the cover flap without ou know looking like I was reading the cover flap Anyway it looks like a fascinating read the only book i ve ever started and didnt finish. Sm and three plays His Gate of the Sun deemed “a genuine masterwork” by The New York Times Book Review was a 2006 New York Times Notable Book and was named Best Book of the Year by both The Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle He is a Global Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York UniversityMaia Tabet was born in Lebanon and is a sometime literary translator and a professional cook now living in the US She is the translator of Khoury’s first novel to be published in English Little Mountain and has also translated the poetry of Adon. ,
Twig the Fairy and the Goblin Masquerade (Twig the Fairy you the confusions justifications brutalities kindnesses look the other way attitudes privations duties myths life goes on even amid death and war activities heartbreaks shifting morals so on that happen to a regular populace during a wartime situation It s not really a linear story almost of an out loud conversation with a variety of everyday people stream of consciousness ramblings about their lives Haunting especially whenou think of the many humans caught up in wars at this very minute This could be our story Or mine Or of the stranger halfway around the world In the intro the author mocks and challenges the reader to spend some time in reading about a murder that will not be solved The narrator interviews various witnesses some who barely knew the victim or saw anything What Khoury does is provide a series of personnel stories of life in Beirut the impact of the civil war on individuals madness was one freuent aspect Israel s aggression the treatment of women and how certain individuals and groups profiteered from the war It s an unusual form of a murder mystery but it works very well A story of stories which reflects the agony and despair of the Lebanese people during the civil war Although the author states that the characters are fictional I have a strong belief that each story has occurred maybe with people of different names It s sad to see how wars turn people into beasts The style was too chaotic for me This was the translated book I read in September Elias Khoury is Lebanese I have read two other novels of his and loved them both Gate of the Sun and As Though She Were Sleeping Like those two books White Masks takes place in Beirut Since that country had been in the news I thought it might be appropriateThough the novel was published in the United States in 2010 it was originally published in Lebanon in 1981 making it one of his early novels It covers a period of months during the Lebanese Civil War which lasted for 15 ears 1975 1990 The war was religious political and devastating to the countryThe corpse of Khalil Ahmad Jaber a civil servant was found in a mound of garbage He had been missing for weeks before he was found A journalist who narrates the story sought to piece together what before he was found A journalist who narrates the story sought to piece together what happened to Jaber He interviews many people including the man s widow Thus the reader gets a sense of life in Beirut many people including the man s widow Thus the reader gets a sense of life in Beirut the early part of the warI won “Khoury is the sort of novelist whose name is inseparable from a city Los Angeles has Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler and Istanbul Orhan Pamuk The beautiful resilient city of Beirut belongs to Khoury” Laila Lalami Los Angeles Times“Because the world is the way it is because whole groups of people can be maligned neglected ignored for too many ears we need the voice of Elias Khoury detailed exuisite humane than ever Read him Without fail read him” Naomi Shihab NyeWhy was the corpse of Khalil Ahmed Jâber found in the municipal garbage dump Why had this civil servant disappeared wee.