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Death is hard work

Author: Khālid Khalīfah; Leri Price
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Picador paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
War fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Khālid Khalīfah; Leri Price
ISBN: 1250251079 9781250251077 9780374135737 0374135738
OCLC Number: 1099204984
Language Note: Translated from the Arabic.
Notes: Originally published in Arabic in 2016 by Nawfal, an imprint of Hachette-Anoine, Lebanon, as Al mawt aamalon chaq.
Description: 180 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: If you were a sack of cumin --
A bouquet floating down a river --
Bolbol flying in a confined space.
Responsibility: Khaled Khalifa ; translated from the Arabic by Leri Price.

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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, interrogate, imprisoned, and bombed--will prove to have enormous consequences for all of them.

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