Out of Place: A Memoir

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Vintage Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 295 pages
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From one of the most important intellectuals of our time comes an extraordinary story of exile and a celebration of an irrecoverable past. A fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 convinced Edward Said that he should leave a record of where he was born and spent his childhood, and so with this memoir he rediscovers the lost Arab world of his early years in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt.

Said writes with great passion and wit about his family and his friends from his birthplace in Jerusalem, schools in Cairo, and summers in the mountains above Beirut, to boarding school and college in the United States, revealing an unimaginable world of rich, colorful characters and exotic eastern landscapes. Underscoring all is the confusion of identity the young Said experienced as he came to terms with the dissonance of being an American citizen, a Christian and a Palestinian, and, ultimately, an outsider. Richly detailed, moving, often profound, Out of Place depicts a young man's coming of age and the genesis of a great modern thinker.
 

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Said's compassionate and lyrical memoir explores his feelings of displacement in both his cultural setting and his family, revealing the roots of his intellectual, political, and personal unfolding. A ... Read full review

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Possibly the best-known Arab American intellectual of his generation, Said (English and comparative literature, Columbia Univ.) offers a riveting account of a tough but successful youth caught between ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE
3
CHAPTER TWO
20
CHAPTER ELEVEN
272
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About the author (2000)

Edward Said is University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia Universtuy. He lives in New York City.

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