By Rabih Alameddine
One of many center East’s such a lot celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine follows his foreign bestseller, The Hakawati, with a fascinating tale of a book-loving, obsessive, seventy-two-year-old “unnecessary” woman.
Aaliya Saleh lives by myself in her Beirut condo, surrounded by way of stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family’s “unnecessary appendage.” each year, she interprets a brand new favourite publication into Arabic, then stows it away. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have by no means been read—by anyone.
In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman’s late-life concern, readers persist with Aaliya’s digressive brain because it ricochets throughout visions of prior and current Beirut. colourful musings on literature, philosophy, and artwork are invaded by way of thoughts of the Lebanese Civil warfare and Aaliya’s personal risky previous. As she attempts to beat her getting older physique and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is confronted with an unthinkable catastrophe that threatens to shatter the little lifestyles she has left.
A love letter to literature and its energy to outline who we're, the prodigiously proficient Rabih Alameddine has given us a nuanced rendering of 1 woman's existence within the center East.
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An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine