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Elias Khoury



Elias Khoury is the author of thirteen novels, four volumes of literary criticism and three plays. He was editor-in-chief of the cultural supplement of Beirut's daily newspaper, An-Nahar, and is Global Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.
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My Name is Adam

Elias Khoury
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Elias Khoury

Adam Dannoun came to New York to escape a love affair that foundered in the psychological devastation caused by the occupation. He works in a falafel restaurant and settles down to write a novel which tells the love story of Waddah Al-Yaman, a famous Arab poet of the Umayyad period. His writing leads him to tell the stories of his childhood in the ghetto that the Israeli army, after expelling most of the inhabitants of Lydda, built in 1948 for the small number who remained in the city. Literature merges with reality throughout his evocation of these memories. The literary characters of the novels of Ghassan Kanafani, Amos Oz and Elias Khoury become real characters, and his account of the drama lived in the Palestinian ghetto merge with the narrator's attempts to free himself from his own kidnapped identity, as he at last learns the terrible truth about his past.

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The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol

Elias Khoury
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Elias Khoury

Why did he return to Beirut? Why did Karim leave his wife and children and the life he had built in France to return to a homeland still reeling from civil war? Was it to answer his brother Nasim's call to raise a hospital out of the ashes? Was it to kick over the traces of past love affairs? Or to establish the truth behind his father's death? Or was it to confront at last the ghost of the man known only as "Sinalcol", a legendary phantom of the civil war, and a broken mirror of himself? In Beirut, Karim will learn the fate of old comrades, and face a brother who shares a past as divided as the city itself. And he will find that peace is only ever fleeting in a war without end.

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White Masks

Elias Khoury
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Elias Khoury
MacLehose Press

As Though She Were Sleeping

Elias Khoury
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Elias Khoury

Meelya's dreams are her refuge from events that threaten her or escape her understanding. She leaves her home in Lebanon to live in Nazareth with her Palestinian husband, but Mansour - an older man who fell for her beauty - is frustrated by her spiritual absence.When Mansour's brother's death demands a move to Jaffa - the centre of early tensions between Jewish settlers and displaced Palestinians - Meelya withdraws further into the realm of dreams. Expecting the birth of their son, Mansour can only watch as she cuts loose from the physical world.Over three traumatic nights, past, present and future merge seamlessly into a series of visions that draw the reader towards a conclusion that is powerfully symbolic of the ongoing troubles in the Middle East.

MacLehose Press

Yalo

Elias Khoury
Authors:
Elias Khoury