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The Resource Death is hard work, Khaled Khalifa ; translated from the Arabic by Leri Price

Death is hard work, Khaled Khalifa ; translated from the Arabic by Leri Price

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Death is hard work
Title
Death is hard work
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Khaled Khalifa ; translated from the Arabic by Leri Price
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  • eng
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
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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Draws on first-person experiences in the story of three siblings who set aside their differences and risk their lives during the Syrian civil war to honor their late father's final wishes
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Awards note
Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature.
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10759104
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YDX
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1964-
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Khalīfah, Khālid
Dewey number
892.737
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Arabic
Literary form
fiction
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Price, Leri
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True
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  • Arabic fiction
  • Families
  • Syria
Target audience
adult
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Death is hard work, Khaled Khalifa ; translated from the Arabic by Leri Price
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Publication
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Previously published in 2016 under the title: Al mawt aamalon chaq
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000064973221
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
180 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780571346042
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 549538
  • (OCoLC)1048105865
Label
Death is hard work, Khaled Khalifa ; translated from the Arabic by Leri Price
Publication
Note
Previously published in 2016 under the title: Al mawt aamalon chaq
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000064973221
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
180 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780571346042
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 549538
  • (OCoLC)1048105865

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