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White Masks

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White Masks by Elias Khoury
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Apr 23, 2010 | ISBN 9780981987323

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Khoury is the sort of novelist whose name is inseparable from a city. Los Angeles has Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler, and Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk. The beautiful, resilient city of Beirut belongs to Khoury. —The Los Angeles Times

No Lebanese writer has been more successful than Elias Khoury in telling the story of Lebanon . . . Khoury is one of the most innovative novelists in the Arab world. —Washington Post Book World

How to write Beirut? . . . with words and images that stumble with weariness, that collapse from the heat, from the stone which composes them only to crumble in turn? . . . This is why Khoury’s fiction is so powerful. The intent of the writing is to restore its soul. —Tahar Ben Jelloun

Elias Khoury is a pure storyteller. A writer who understands the hypnotic power of words, and who lets this power become the actual subject of his books. Of course, alongside the words, there is reality, palpable, sensual, atrocious. —Le Nouvel Observateur

Khoury [is] arguably the finest living Arab novelist. . . . White Masks represents a turning point in Khoury’s work. . . . A compelling, thoughtful read. —World Literature Today

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