Yalo

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Quercus Publishing, May 27, 2010 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Yalo was a soldier on one of the many sides in Lebanon's sectarian civil war, before becoming a deserter and a thief, a nightwatchman in Paris, an arms smuggler, and then a rapist. And then he falls in love with his victim - who turns him in to the police.

This novel is a modern Thousand and One Nights, a series of confessions extracted under torture, a recitation of all of his memories, all his sorrows, all his guilt - and of the other crimes his interrogators have him confess to. Beirut and the legacy of the wars of the Middle East are the texture of Elias Khoury's extraordinary literary achievement.

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About the author (2010)

Elias Khoury is the author of novels, plays and volumes of literary critcism. He was editor-in-chief of the cultural supplement of Beirut's daily newspaper, An-Nahar, and is Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.

Humphrey Davies has been twice been awarded the Banipal Prize for his translations of Khoury's Gate of the Sun and Yalo. The Society of Authors awarded him Best Translation of 2007 for Alaa Al Aswany's The Yacoubian Building.

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