In Search of Walid Masoud: A Novel

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Syracuse University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 289 pages
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Walid Masoud disappears. A Palestinian intellectual, he has been living in Baghdad since the first Israeli War of 1948. As a member of an organization engaged in the armed struggle against Israel, suspicion arises that he has gone underground as part of a political movement. Masoud leaves behind a lengthy but disconnected tape recording of garbled utterances through which Jabra Ibrahim Jabra artfully crafts the basis for the narration. He transforms the transcription of the tape by each of Masoud's comrades into a study of character. Through a series of monologues, each becomes a narrator of his own experience.

Readers of The Ship (also translated by Adnan Haydar and Roger Allen) will remember the ingenious way the political themes emerge through the dialogue between passengers on a ship crossing the Mediterranean from the Arab to the European world. This novel echoes identical subjects: the misperceptions between western and Islamic cultures, personal landscape as a shaper of culture, and the necessity of political commitment.

A tour de force that places the evolution of the Faulknerian style into a political register, this book makes available to an English-speaking audience the brilliance of one of Palestine's most preeminent writers.

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Set in highly politicized postcolonial Palestine, this book, which concerns the disappearance of fictitious Palestinian intellectual Walid Masoud, reads more like a factual account than a novel. The ... Read full review

Contents

Dr Jawad Husni Inherits a Heavy Legacy
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Dr Jawad Husni Starts the Search Partly Guided by the Perspective of Kam Ismail and Ibrahim alHajj Nawfal
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lssa Nasser Witnesses the Death of Masoud Farhan Having Known Him for Part of His Life
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About the author (2000)

Adnan Haydar is professor of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of Arkansas. He has published many translations from Arabic, including Jabra Ibrahim Jabra's celebrated The Ship.

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