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A house at the edge of tears

Author: Vénus Khoury-Ghata; Marilyn Hacker
Publisher: Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, ©2005.
Series: Lannan translation series selection.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the city of Beirut, five shabby dwellings circle a courtyard with a pomegranate tree weeping blood red fruit. The residents hear screams in the night as a boy is beaten by his father - a punishment for masturbating in his sleep. A crime not worthy of the punishment: the neighbors gossip and decide that he must have tried to rape his sisters. The poems he writes are perhaps an even greater crime to his father,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Autobiographical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Khoury-Ghata, Vénus.
House at the edge of tears.
Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)681063782
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vénus Khoury-Ghata; Marilyn Hacker
ISBN: 1555974341 9781555974343
OCLC Number: 62113840
Description: 111 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Lannan translation series selection.
Other Titles: Maison au bord des larmes.
Responsibility: Vénus Khoury-Ghata ; translated by Marilyn Hacker.
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"In the city of Beirut, five shabby dwellings circle a courtyard with a pomegranate tree weeping blood red fruit. The residents hear screams in the night as a boy is beaten by his father - a punishment for masturbating in his sleep. A crime not worthy of the punishment: the neighbors gossip and decide that he must have tried to rape his sisters. The poems he writes are perhaps an even greater crime to his father, but ultimately a gift to his eldest sister, who narrates their story with a combination of brutal truth and stunning prose." "In this mesmerizing novel, celebrated novelist and poet, Khoury-Ghata, presents the disintegration of a family and a country - both ruled by a fury fueled by fear"--Page 4 of cover.

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