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Death is hard work

Author: Khālid Khalīfah; Leri Price
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Abdel Latif, an old man, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. Before he dies, he tells his youngest son Bolbol that his final wish is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya in the Aleppo region. Though Abdel Latif was not the ideal father, and though Bolbol is estranged from his siblings, he decides to persuade his older brother Hussein and his sister Fatima to accompany him  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Translations
War fiction
Translations into English
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Khālid Khalīfah; Leri Price
ISBN: 9780571346042 0571346049
OCLC Number: 1091567857
Language Note: Translated from the Arabic.
Notes: Originally published in Arabic in 2016 by Nawfal, an imprint of Hachette-Antoine, Lebanon, as Al mawt aamalon chaq.
Awards: Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.
Description: 180 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Mawt ʻamal shāq.
Responsibility: Khaled Khalifa ; translated from the Arabic by Leri Price.

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Abdel Latif, an old man, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. Before he dies, he tells his youngest son Bolbol that his final wish is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya in the Aleppo region. Though Abdel Latif was not the ideal father, and though Bolbol is estranged from his siblings, he decides to persuade his older brother Hussein and his sister Fatima to accompany him and their father's body to Anabiya - only a two-hour drive from Damascus. But the country is a warzone. 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 honour their father's request quickly escalates from a dutiful commitment into an epic and life-threatening quest. Syria is no longer any place for heroes, and the trials that confront the family along their journey - while they are captured and recaptured, interrogated, imprisoned, and bombed - will prove to have enormous consequences for them all. A mixture of brutal, front-line reportage and surreal humor evocative of Beckett and Kafka, Death is Hard Work is an unforgettable journey into a contemporary heart of darkness.

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