by Rabih Alameddine
Why Read?: After just a few pages into this book I felt as if I had found a kindred spirit. Aaliya is an aged Beruit woman who has spent her entire life translating works (one per year) into Arabic – which no one has ever read. She does this because literature is her soul. It is how she feeds it, protects it, and ascribes meaning to it. While residing in the ever-pensive mind of this remarkably resilient woman we also get a glimpse of life in Beruit during the Lebanese Civil War. I feel everything I write about this book diminishes it, so I will end with the recommendation: If you love literature, read this book!
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