Voices Of The Lost: A Novel

byHoda BarakatTranslated byMarilyn Booth

March 2, 2021|
Voices Of The Lost: A Novel by Hoda Barakat
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Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, this novel weaves together a series of devastating confessions about life in contemporary Arab society

This profound and disturbing novel by acclaimed Lebanese author Hoda Barakat tells the story of characters living on the periphery, battling with poverty, and fighting their own demons.
 
Set in an unnamed, war-torn country, the novel consists of six letters—all intercepted by unintended recipients, all of whom are compelled to write their own letters of confession. An undocumented immigrant writes his former lover. A woman in a hotel writes a man from her past. An escaped torturer recounts his crimes to his mother. A former prostitute writes to her brother. A young queer man recounts to his estranged father his partner’s battle with AIDS. Finally, the mailman leaves his own note. Incisive, troubling and deeply human, this is an urgent story of lives intimately woven together in a society that is tearing itself apart.
Hoda Barakat has published five novels and two plays. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. She currently lives in Paris. Marilyn Booth is professor of Arabic languages and literature at Magdalen College, Oxford.
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Title:Voices Of The Lost: A Novel
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:208 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.52 in
Shipping dimensions:208 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.52 in
Published:March 2, 2021
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300255263

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