Death Is Hard Work

Death Is Hard Work

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A dogged, absurd quest through the nightmare of the Syrian civil war Khaled Khalifa's Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syria's ongoing and catastrophic civil war: a tale of three ordinary people facing down the stuff of nightmares armed with little more than simple determination. Abdel Latif, an old man from the Aleppo region, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. His final wish, conveyed to his youngest son, Bolbol, is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya. Though Abdel was hardly an ideal father, and though Bolbol is estranged from his siblings, this conscientious son persuades his older brother Hussein and his sister Fatima to accompany him and the body to Anabiya, which is--after all--only a two-hour drive from Damascus. There's only one problem: Their country is a war zone. With the landscape of their childhood now a labyrinth of competing armies whose actions are at once arbitrary and lethal, the siblings' decision to set aside their differences and honor their father's request quickly balloons from a minor commitment into an epic and life-threatening quest. Syria, however, is no longer a place for heroes, and the decisions the family must make along the way--as they find themselves captured and recaptured, interrogated, imprisoned, and bombed--will prove to have enormous consequences for all of them.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2019.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780374135737
0374135738
Branch Call Number: FIC KHAL
Characteristics: 180 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Price, Leri - Translator

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lukasevansherman
Oct 11, 2019

Recently translated 2016 novel that is the first work of fiction I've read from Syria. Set against the backdrop of that country's brutal wars and political chaos, it follows siblings as they take their dead father's body to be buried. In some ways it's a Middle Eastern take on "As I Lay Dying," but with considerably more at stake. For non-fiction, pick up "Assad or We Burn the Country" and "Brothers of the Gun."

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