Sunday, January 19, 2014

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

A rocky childhood devoid of much love and a failed marriage behind her, 72 year-old Aaliya Sohbi leans on literature as a reliable crutch, translating great works into Arabic. Having grown up in war-torn Beirut, the Lebanese woman is a unique product of her time and place. Yet her everyday travails (sometimes overloaded with literary metaphors) and quest to find meaning even in the fading days of her life is a narrative that is universal in its appeal. The laser-cut silhouette on the cover of Rabih Alameddine’s novel is not just Aaliya Sohbi -- she easily could be every woman.

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