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ISBN-10: 1913505324
ISBN-13: 9781913505325
Publisher: And Other Stories
Publish Date: 05/17/2022
Dimensions: 7.72" L, 5.04" W, 0.94" H

Mister N

Translator: Luke Leafgren

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Price: $17.95

Overview

Modern-day Beirut is seen through the eyes of a failed writer, the eponymous Mister N. He has left his comfortable apartment and checked himself into a hotel–he thinks. Certainly, they take good care of him there. Meanwhile, on the streets below, a grim pageant: there is desperate poverty, the ever-present threat of violence, and masses of Syrian refugees planning to reach Europe via a dangerous sea passage.

How is anyone supposed to write deathless prose in such circumstances? Let alone an old man like Mister N., whose life and memories have become scattered, whose family regards him as an embarrassment, and whose next-door neighbours torment him with their noise, dinner invitations, and inconvenient suicides. Comical and tragic by turns, his misadventures climax in the arrival in what Mister N. had supposed to be his “real life” of a character from one of his early novels–a vicious militiaman and torturer. Now, does the old writer need to arm himself . . . or just seek psychiatric help?

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"The human condition is a central focus for Barakat. Through her novels, she strives to build a new person, upholding his dignity and his right to express himself and to live in peace. Barakat searches for the causes of the pain and violence that is exercised upon man, and in doing so, she celebrates the lives of the misfortunate and those defeated by our inexorable reality." –Ashraf Al-Hisani, Al-Araby

"For her protagonist, Najwa Barakat has chosen a psychologically disturbed man, opening for herself and the reader space in which to experience solitude, cruelty and anxiety, and to contemplate the power of language to generate pleasure nevertheless." –Ahmad Shawqi Ali, Al-Modon

"Barakat continues to use the poetic, visionary language for which she is known, even as she adapts this language remarkably to capture her complicated subject . . . It is difficult–even for those well-practiced in the art of reviewing novels–to capture the beauty of her writing." –Al-Muthana Al-Shaykh Atiya, Al-Quds

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ISBN-10: 1913505324
ISBN-13: 9781913505325
Publisher: And Other Stories
Publish Date: 05/17/2022
Dimensions: 7.72" L, 5.04" W, 0.94" H
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