The Angel of History

The Angel of History

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
Follows the experiences of Yemeni-born poet Jacob, who revisits the events of his life from his upbringing in an Egyptian brothel, to his adolescence under the aegis of a wealthy father, to his years as a gay man in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic. By the National Book Award-finalist author of An Unnecessary Woman. Tour.

Perseus Publishing
“There are many ways to break someone’s heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life.”—Yiyun Li

Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheaval.

Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, 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


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""There are many ways to break someone's heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life."-Yiyun Li Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheaval. Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, 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"--
Follows the experiences of Yemeni-born poet Jacob, who revisits the events of his life from his upbringing in an Egyptian brothel, to his adolescence under the aegis of a wealthy father, to his years as a gay man in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2016
ISBN: 9780802125767
Branch Call Number: FIC ALA
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,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!

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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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