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ISBN: 9781566561976 HB
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Imprint: Interlink Books

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The Stone of Laughter

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Paperback $ 15.00 | Hardback $ 29.95

“This unusual story of Beirut… offers a vividly detailed portrayal of an unfamiliar culture… a gripping story filled with splendidly drawn secondary figures… ” – Kirkus Reviews

About this book

The Stone of Laughter is a virile novel which brings forth the contradictory history of a city under fire through the life and dilemmas of a gay man. It is a bold and radical novel, full of black humor and cynical observations about life in war-torn Beirut.

Written sensitively, and without a trace of sentimentality or political propaganda, The Stone of Laughter shook the Arab readers' preconceptions about women's writing and questioned the necessity of political affiliation for Arab authors.

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Hoda Barakat lived through the worst years of the civil war in Lebanon. She is the author of Visitors, a collection of short stories. The Stone of Laughter, her first novel, won the prestigious Al-Naqid Award in 1990. She now lives in Paris.

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“This unusual story of Beirut… offers a vividly detailed portrayal of an unfamiliar culture… a gripping story filled with splendidly drawn secondary figures… ” – Kirkus Reviews

“A splendid novel which surpasses most works by established Arab writers.” – Edward Al-Kharrat

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Author

Barakat, Hoda

Edition

1

Inprint

Interlink Books

Author Home

France & Lebanon

Reviews

"This unusual story of Beirut… offers a vividly detailed portrayal of an unfamiliar culture… a gripping story filled with splendidly drawn secondary figures… " – Kirkus Reviews "A splendid novel which surpasses most works by established Arab writers." – Edward Al-Kharrat

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"This unusual story of Beirut… offers a vividly detailed portrayal of an unfamiliar culture… a gripping story filled with splendidly drawn secondary figures… " – Kirkus Reviews

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