Book Size: 8" x 5.25"

Pages: 256

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781623719074

Imprint: Interlink Books

Translator: Paula Haydar

Release date: Summer 2022

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The King of India

A Novel

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“A prodigal son comes home in the wake of tragedy in Jabbour Douaihy’s compelling novel The King of India … In the literary novel, a family’s enduring connection to their homeland is traced.” —Foreword Magazine

About this book

The story of a Lebanese murder case set against the backdrop of sectarian animosity
Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction

In mysterious circumstances, the body of Zakaria Mubarak is found in an orchard on the outskirts of his village of Tel Safra in northern Lebanon. He had just returned from a long exile in Europe, the US, and Africa, carrying with him a painting by Marc Chagall, the “Blue Violinist,” a gift from his girlfriend in Paris. Suspicion falls on the cousins, who may have killed him to get their hands on a treasure supposedly buried underneath the house built by their grandmother when she returned from America.

As investigator Abu Khalid wrestles with conflicting evidence surrounding Zakaria’s death, he is drawn into a picture of the victim’s life, one that recalls fables of gold, sibling strife, the love of French women, false promises of revolution, and the corruption and sectarian enmities that have plagued their homeland.

A riveting meditation on the riddle of a crime, Paula Haydar’s eloquent translation pays fitting homage to a compassionate, guiding light of Lebanese fiction.

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About the authors

Jabbour Douaihy was born in Zgharta, northern Lebanon, in 1949. He holds a PhD degree in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne and worked as Professor of French Literature at the Lebanese University. To date, he has published eight award-winning works of fiction.

Paula Haydar teaches at the University of Arkansas and has translated novels by Elias Khoury, Rachid al-Daif, Jabbour Douaihy, Sahar Khalifeh and others.

Reviews

“A prodigal son comes home in the wake of tragedy in Jabbour Douaihy’s compelling novel The King of India … In the literary novel, a family’s enduring connection to their homeland is traced.” —Foreword Magazine

“Douaihy illuminates Lebanon’s tumultuous recent history in brief … readers will be both enlightened and charmed.” —Publishers Weekly on Printed in Beirut

Douaihy’s masterpiece … A powerful portrait of identity and division in Lebanon.” —The New Arab on June Rain

“This novel is Douaihy’s most accomplished, subtle, and captivating.” —Livres Hebdo on The American Quarter

About the Author

Paula Haydar teaches at the University of Arkansas and has translated novels by Elias Khoury, Rachid al-Daif, Jabbour Douaihy, Sahar Khalifeh and others.

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