The Children of the Ghetto
My Name is Adam
by Elias Khoury
Pub Date 10 Jun 2019
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Long exiled in New York, Palestinian ex-pat Adam Dannoun thought he knew himself. But an encounter with Blind Mahmoud, a father figure from his childhood, changes everything. As he investigates exactly what occurred in 1948 in Lydda, the city of his birth, he gathers stories that speak to his people's bravery, ingenuity, and resolve in the face of unimaginable hardship.
"There has been powerful fiction about Palestinians and by Palestinians, but few have held to the light the myths, tales and rumors of both Israel and the Arabs with such discerning compassion. In Humphrey Davies' sparely poetic translation, Gate of the Sun is an imposingly rich and realistic novel, a genuine masterwork."--New York Times Book Review "Khoury is one of the most innovative novelists in the Arab world."--Washington Post Book World Praise for Elias Khoury: "Elias Khoury is an artist giving voice to rooted exiles and trapped refugees, to dissolving boundaries and changing identities, to radical demands and new languages."--Edward W. Said "We need the voice of Elias Khoury--detailed, exquisite, humane--more than ever. Read him."--Naomi Shihab Nye "A writer of panoramic scope and ambition."--Azadeh Moaveni, Financial Times