The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol
By 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 war?
It was not to answer his brother Naseem's call and raise a hospital out the ashes; it was not to pursue past sweethearts and father the son his wife never gave him.
It was to find a man, or the ghost of a man, a man known only as Sinalcol, legendary hero of the civil war, and a broken mirror of himself.
In Beirut Karim will confront the fate of old comrades, the truth about his father's death and a brother who is all but a twin in appearance but shares nothing of his soul.
And he will learn that peace is only ever fleeting in a war without end.
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05 Feb 2015
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Khoury is a writer of panoramic scope and ambition... the Broken Mirrors is rich with sly ironies, incisive political observations, and a cosmopolitan array of ideas and literary allusions — Azadeh Moaveni, Financial Times
Khoury's capacious and entrancing novel, masterfully translated by the award-winning Humphrey Davies, is an extraordinary achievement — Malcolm Forbes, The National
Take your pick, but either Karim Shammas, who has returned to Beirut from France, or his father, Nasri, are the most memorable philanderers to have graced the pages of a novel bursting through the seams of history since Milan Kundera unveiled Tomas in The Unbearable Lightness of Being . . . What is beautiful and immediate about Khoury's prose in is his depiction of Beirut in The Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol, easily on a par with Pamuk and Istanbul or Marc Pastor and Barcelona — Tom Mooney, Echo