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New York Review of Books
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Anton Shammas (b. 1950) is a Palestinian writer and translator of Arabic, Hebrew, and English. His novel Arabesques, originally published in Hebrew in 1986 and translated into nine languages, was chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the best seven works of fiction of 1988. A professor emeritus of comparative literature and Middle East studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Shammas's essays have been published in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Critical Inquiry, and The New York Review of Books.

Vivian Eden is an American poet and translator who lives in Jerusalem and works on the staff of Haaretz.

Elias Khoury is a literary critic, novelist, editor, playwright, activist and public intellectual. The author of twelve novels, Khoury's work has been translated into numerous languages, and he is considered one of the foremost novelists writing in Arabic today.


"Intricately conceived and beautifully written. . . . A crisp, luminous, and nervy mixture of fantasy and autobiography. . . [and] an elegant example of postmodern baroque." --John Updike, The New Yorker

"This book is a history of its author's youth and the memoir of a family and a fabled region--Galilee. . . A beautifully impressive piece of prose." --William H. Gass, New York Times Book Review

"Arabesques is a classic of the exploration of identity. . . A Palestinian master of Hebrew, living at the seam between the ancient and the modern, between loyalties and appetites, Shammas has written beautifully about his search for design. He transforms fact into fantasy without changing a thing." --Leon Wieseltier

really brings, as novels were once supposed to bring, 'news' from elsewhere. . . This book has already added something notable to Israeli literature." --Irving Howe, The New York Review of Books

"If Hebrew literature is at all destined to have its Conrads, Nabokovs, Becketts and Ionescos, it could not have hoped for a more auspicious beginning." --Muhammad Siddiq, Los Angeles Times Book Review