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Death Of A Monk
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Death Of A Monk (Hardback)

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It is Damascus, 1840. Aslan Farhi's quiet, sheltered life is turned upside down when his brutish father, a wealthy businessman, decides he should wed. Aslan finds the wedding a painful ordeal, lightened only by the presence of the exotic dancer, Umm-Jihan, by whom he becomes entranced. Unable to come to terms with his wife, who has moved into the family home, Aslan visits his friend Sulieman the barber who tells him of the Maqha cafe, a place strictly forbidden to Jews, on the border between the Christian and Muslim Quarters. Here, in this seedy den of vice, Aslan meets Umm-Jihan again. This vision of beauty awakens a dormant desire for women. But all is not as it seems and Aslan is soon deeply upset; confused and at a loss he embarks on ill-advised liaison with another man, with disastrous consequences. The Damascus of "Death of A Monk" is a rich and vibrant place; lively, sensual and at the same time teeming with fear and hostility. Through the dark alleyways and bustling marketplaces, Hilu unfolds a story charged with emotional and sexual conflict.

It is a powerful literary tour de force from a unique new voice; at times wickedly funny, at others painfully sad, but beautifully told throughout. It is a stunning debut.

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 07/09/2006 ISBN-13: 9781843432760  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Alon Hilu was born in 1972. He lives with his family in Tel Aviv.

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