Son of Sin

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Pub Date 22 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 18 Feb 2022

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Poet Omar Sakr’s debut novel is a fierce and fantastic force that illuminates the bonds that bind families together as well as what can break them.

An estranged father. An abused and abusive mother. An army of relatives. A tapestry of violence, woven across generations and geographies, from Turkey to Lebanon to Western Sydney. This is the legacy left to Jamal Smith, a young queer Muslim trying to escape a past in which memory and rumour trace ugly shapes in the dark. When every thread in life constricts instead of connects, how do you find a way to breathe? Torn between faith and fear, gossip and gospel, family and friendship, Jamal must find and test the limits of love.

In this extraordinary work, Omar Sakr deftly weaves a multifaceted tale brimming with angels and djinn, racist kangaroos and adoring bats, examining with a poet’s eye the destructive impetus of repressed desire and the complexities that make us human.

Poet Omar Sakr’s debut novel is a fierce and fantastic force that illuminates the bonds that bind families together as well as what can break them.

An estranged father. An abused and abusive mother...


A Note From the Publisher

Omar Sakr is an award-winning Arab-Australian poet, born of Lebanese and Turkish Muslim migrants. The Lost Arabs (University of Queensland Press, 2019) won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the 2020 John Bray Poetry Award and the 2020 Colin Roderick Award.
Omar’s poetry has been published in English, Arabic and Spanish, in numerous journals and anthologies. Omar has performed his work nationally and internationally. He lives in Sydney. Son of Sin is his first novel.

Omar Sakr is an award-winning Arab-Australian poet, born of Lebanese and Turkish Muslim migrants. The Lost Arabs (University of Queensland Press, 2019) won the 2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards...


Advance Praise

'Omar Sakr’s writing does the wondrous, it manages to be harsh and beautiful all at the same time. I inhaled this novel, the story and the world and the language are exhilarating.' - Christos Tsiolkas 

'Poetry in prose, this is a wondrous, beautiful novel.' - Sisonke Msimang

'Son of Sin is extraordinary. I loved this powerful, intoxicating narrative of the things that bind and break us. Omar Sakr wields language with a poet’s hunger for truth.' - Hannah Kent

‘Omar’s intensely poetic narrative adds a new and powerful dimension to the Australian literary landscape.’ - Alexis Wright

'Omar Sakr's literary voice is a marvel. He writes stunningly of family, faith and dislocation, always with an urgent, compelling undertone.' - Hala Alyan

'Lyrical, bracingly honest, and shot through with dark humor, Omar Sakr's Son of Sin is a portrait of a bisexual Arab Australian's coming of age in a country wracked with racism, homophobia, and Islamophobia; it is also a poet's novel that leavens the wrenching with the sacred. Son of Sin is a queer Arab coming-of-age novel that sings.' - Zeyn Joukhadar, author of The Thirty Names of Night


'Omar Sakr’s writing does the wondrous, it manages to be harsh and beautiful all at the same time. I inhaled this novel, the story and the world and the language are exhilarating.' - Christos...


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