Gate of the Sun

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Macmillan, Mar 20, 2007 - Fiction - 544 pages
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Drawing on the stories he gathered from refugee camps over the course of many years, Elias Khoury's epic novel Gate of the Sun has been called the first magnum opus of the Palestinian saga.

Yunes, an aging Palestinian freedom fighter, lies in a coma. Keeping vigil at the old man's bedside is his spiritual son, Khalil, who nurses Yunes, refusing to admit that his hero may never regain consciousness. Like a modern-day Scheherazade, Khalil relates the story of Palestinian exile while also recalling Yunes's own extraordinary life and his love for his wife, whom he meets secretly over the years at Bab al-Shams, the Gate of the Sun.

 

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

There is a point where Elias Khoury speaks through his character Khalil about the difficulties of writing. Khalil says to the comatose Yunis that words “come apart” when you write them down, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Francesca - Goodreads

Ach. I couldn't finish it. Though I wanted to like it because everyone said it's a masterpiece. I tried twice, and just couldn't. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
8
Section 3
27
Section 4
49
Section 5
63
Section 6
64
Section 7
68
Section 8
74
Section 14
249
Section 15
282
Section 16
298
Section 17
354
Section 18
375
Section 19
377
Section 20
386
Section 21
419

Section 9
78
Section 10
93
Section 11
98
Section 12
137
Section 13
240
Section 22
429
Section 23
444
Section 24
450
Section 25
463
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Elias Khoury is the author of eleven novels including The Journey of Little Gandhi, The Kingdom of Strangers, and Yalo. He is a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University, and editor in chief of the literary supplement of Beirut's daily newspaper, An-Nahar.

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