The Angel of History

The Angel of History

A Novel

Book - 2016
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The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints. Set in Cairo and Beirut; Sana'a, Stockholm, and San Francisco; Alameddine gives us a charged philosophical portrait of a brilliant mind in crisis. This is a profound, philosophical and hilariously winning story of the war between memory and oblivion we wrestle with every day of our lives. "Rabih Alameddine is one our most daring writers-daring not in the cheap sense of lurid or racy, but as a surgeon, a philosopher, an explorer, or a dancer."-Michael Chabon"-- Provided by publisher.
Yemeni-born poet Jacob revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802125767
080212576X
Call Number: F ALAMEDDI
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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SFPL_danielay Nov 27, 2017

A wonderful and moving book on being Arab, the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco but more about how we remember our past and our loved ones even if the memories are painful and how we can continue living after tragedy hits. Highly recommended!

Library journal praises this novel about a "Yemen-born protagonist scaveng[ing] through the disparate memories of his transient life, from Beirut to San Francisco." SF's AIDS crisis, migration, and drones strikes in the Middle East all play a part in the narrative.

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SFPL_KevinC Apr 20, 2017

Follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS.


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SFPL_danielay Nov 27, 2017

A wonderful and moving book on being Arab, the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco but more about how we remember our past and our loved ones even if the memories are painful and how we can continue living after tragedy hits. Highly recommended!

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SallyLaslie
Jun 06, 2017

It is a well written novel that explores the nooks and crannies of a slightly overwrought, maybe unbalanced, mentality infected with a litany of religious figures. Essentially in the 70 pages that I read the book goes nowhere.

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