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Elias Khoury ¾ 2 ReviewFamily and lived All about Us for many years in Beirut including the years of the Lebanese civil war 1975 1990 in which as many as 250000 civilians were killed and over a million were injured half with debilitating and lifelong injuries The war involved multipleactions including Palestinians displaced rom their homeland after the creation of the state of Israel Lebanese Christians Syrians Israeli and American military orces and #Smaller Groups And Militias The Conflict Was Notable For Shifting #groups and militias The conflict was notable or shifting and betrayals and nonaligned civilians often ound themselves accused by one Handbags and Gladrags faction of abetting another one based onamily ties and old riendships Corruption was rampant and traditional roles *and social customs were ignored as those who had guns and money *social customs were ignored as those who had guns and money over besieged communitiesThis novel was originally published in 1981 in Arabic translated into English by Maia Taber and released by Archipelago Books last monthIn White Masks Khoury uses the murder of Khalil Ahmad Jaber an ordinary civilian with no known enemies or suspicious alliances as a vehicle to describe the lives of those affected by the Lebanese civil war in 1980 Several amily members neighbors and others who have come into contact with him are interviewed to learn about this senseless killing and we come to learn about the hardships despair and rustrations that plague civilians caught between the shifting actions The Wish Upon a Wedding following excerpt effectively characterizes the views of the average person What is happening to us is very strangeOne wonders if it is the result of unexplained mental disordersNo one is able to control all the crimeIt s grown into an epidemic a plague devouring usrom withinI suppose that is what is meant by social ragmentation in civil conflicts I ve read about it but somehow this seems differentyou d think they positively savored murder like a sip of Coke Poor Khalil Jaber But it s not just himhe at least has ound his restwhat about the rest of us the Lord only knows how we will dieKhoury effectively uses several metaphors throughout the book to describe the decay and breakdown in Lebanese society and the accounts of the characters provide vivid descriptions of the effects of the war on those who survive the daily carnage White Masks is a stunning and essential literary achievement which nearly reaches the brilliance of his later novel Gate of the Sun The style was too chaotic Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other for me A novel of the Civil War in Lebanon which has been or less on going since 1958 This is a work about the impact of the war on common urbanolks How a Richard Nixon: The Life father mother and sister go crazy after the loss of their son and brother The authorocuses the story around a commo. Ks before his horrific death Who was this man A journalist begins to piece together an answer by speaking with his widow a local engineer the concierge the garbage man who discovered him the doctor who performed the autopsy and a young soldier Their stories emerge along with the horrors of the bloody civil war and ravaging effects on the human psyche With empathy and pain Elias Khoury reveals the havoc the war has wreaked on Beirut and its inhabitants as well as the resilience of a peopleBorn in Beirut in 1948 Elias Khoury is the author of over a dozen novels our volumes of literary critici. .
A touching tale that reminded me of Ismail Kadare s Chronicle in Stone but in tones harsher and bleak The story can be summed up like this A regular middle class man loses his sanity after the death of his son involved in the never ending ighting that plagues Beirut in the 80s The man begins to wipe out all traces of his son s existence and then moves on to erasing the marks of other martyrs as his son was declared as well He does this by painting the aces on the posters in white going through the town in search of posters on the wall and living the life of a homeless but harmless lunatic The name of the novel comes Puppet Master from his incoherent theory that he is giving them white masks by painting them over Weind out Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners from theirst page that the man is brutally tortured and murdered and that the novel is an attempt to retrace his steps to ind out why he was killed and by whom almost like in a classic whodunnit page turnerOf course the entire mystery is only a pretext or the real story about the horrors of war in Beirut and how it tears everything apart or everyone The story takes us rom person to person in an attempt to trace the man s steps and we ind out about the circumstances of very varied people all social classes either ighters or civilians etc The picture painted is incredibly sad and destabilizing think this eeling of destabilization of being on the lookout constantly as if you know everything might change overnight as a huge existential stressor is what Elias Khoury manages to imprint best An interesting glimpse into Lebanese society and culture also gets painted throughout the pages in its permanent state regardless of the war described Customs servant master relationships the casual mistreatment of women the ervor of young intellectuals who are always looking or the next thing to revolutionize I think these are all a bit glimpsed throughout the lines I loved it and I look orward to read rom the author A story of stories which reflects the agony and despair of the Lebanese people during the civil war Although the author states that the characters are ictional I have a strong belief that each story has occurred maybe with people of different names It s sad to see how wars turn people into beasts the only book i ve ever started and didnt Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., finish Set during and around the years of war in Lebanon it presents a meandering tale whose supposed purpose is to determine who killed an older man in a neighborhood However the real purpose seems to be to show you the confusions justifications brutalities kindnesses look the other way attitudes privations duties my Elias Khoury 1948 was born to a Lebanese Christian. “Khoury is the sort of novelist whose name is inseparablerom a city Los Angeles has Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler and Istanbul Orhan Pamuk The beautiful resilient city of Beirut belongs to Khoury” Laila Lalami Los Angeles Times“Because the world is the way it is because whole groups of people can be maligned neglected ignored Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, for too many years we need the voice of Elias Khoury detailed exuisite humane than ever Read him Withoutail read him” Naomi Shihab NyeWhy was the corpse of Khalil Ahmed Jâber ound in the municipal garbage dump Why had this civil servant disappeared wee. ,
N place killing The ather whose son was killed in the North fighting some years ago basically goes bonkers and wanders In the intro the author mocks and challenges the reader to spend some time in reading about a murder that will not be solved The narrator interviews various witnesses some who barely knew the victim or saw anything What Khoury does is provide a series of personnel stories of life in Beirut the impact of the civil war on individuals madness was onereuent aspect Israel s aggression the treatment of women and how certain individuals and groups profiteered rom the war It s an unusual orm of a murder
but it works very well I saw some guy reading this the subway last night and almost gave myself a headache trying to read the cover Dead Giveaway flap without you know looking like I was reading the coverlap Anyway it looks like a ascinating read This was the translated book I read in September Elias Khoury is Lebanese I have read two other novels of his and loved them both Gate of the Sun and As Though She Were Sleeping Like those two books White Masks takes place in Beirut Since that country had been in the news I thought it might #be appropriateThough the novel was published in the United States in 2010 it was originally #appropriateThough the novel was published in the United States in 2010 it was originally in Lebanon in 1981 making it one of his early novels It covers a period of months during the Lebanese Civil War which lasted or 15 years 1975 1990 The war was religious political and devastating to the countryThe corpse of Khalil Ahmad Jaber a civil servant was Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism found in a mound of garbage He had been missingor weeks before he was Nope found A journalist who narrates the story sought to piece together what had happened to Jaber He interviews many people including the man s widow Thus the reader gets a sense of life in Beirut during the early part of the warI won t tell you this was easy toollow Each person interviewed has their own particular story to tell about Jaber about his or her own life and about the violence around them I got a sense of what it was like Rejected Rejected Rejected for everyday peopleor the police and the soldiers Hard times Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison for all and uite a bit of brutality Khoury shows the breakdown of society typical of any area where war is being wagedIt was a brilliant way to portray all of that and it was also a mystery I was interested in the effects of civil war on the psyches and inner lives of men women and children Theront cover blurb speaks of the resilience of people I did not get that I got that such an amount of chaos and uncertainty breaks people It certainly broke Khalil Ahmad JaberSome American pundits claim we may be heading Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz for civil war in America I sincerely hope we do not come to that. Sm and three plays His Gate of the Sun deemed “a genuine masterwork” by The New York Times Book Review was a 2006 New York Times Notable Book and was named Best Book of the Year by both The Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle He is a Global Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York UniversityMaia Tabet was born in Lebanon and is a sometime literary translator and a professional cook now living in the US She is the translator of Khoury’sirst novel to be published in English Little Mountain and has also translated the poetry of Adon.mystery but it works very *Well I Saw Some Guy *I saw some guy this