The Angel of History

The Angel of History

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheaval. Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints. Set in Cairo and Beirut; Sana'a, Stockholm, and San Francisco; Alameddine gives us a charged philosophical portrait of a brilliant mind in crisis. This is a profound, philosophical and hilariously winning story of the war between memory and oblivion we wrestle with every day of our lives.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2016.
ISBN: 0802190111
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Yemini-born poet Jacob relives his life in one night, visited by Satan, Death, and 14 saints. Darkly humorous and piercing in its portrayal of so many big questions facing society today. Also available in eBook.

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SFPL_danielay Nov 27, 2017

A wonderful and moving book on being Arab, the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco but more about how we remember our past and our loved ones even if the memories are painful and how we can continue living after tragedy hits. Highly recommended!

Jun 06, 2017

It is a well written novel that explores the nooks and crannies of a slightly overwrought, maybe unbalanced, mentality infected with a litany of religious figures. Essentially in the 70 pages that I read the book goes nowhere.


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