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Angel of History

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
"A sprawling fever dream of a novel, by turns beautiful and horrifying, and impossible to forget . . . When Alameddine aims for the heart, he doesn't miss, and he hits hard . . . The Angel of History isn't just a brilliant novel, it's a heartfelt cry in the dark, a reminder that we can never forget our past, the friends and family we've loved and lost. It's a raw love letter from those who survived a plague to those who didn't." - NPR.org

From National Book Award finalist Rabih Alameddine, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born Jacob as he revisits his life over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic. We see his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. All the while, Jacob is taunted mercilessly by the presence of alluring Satan, who urges remember his painful past and dour Death who urges him to forget and give up. Set in Cairo and Beirut; Sana'a, Stockholm, and San Francisco; this is a profound and winning story of the war between memory and oblivion and a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of deep political and social upheaval.

"A remarkable novel, a commentary of love and death, creativity and spirituality, memory and survival . . . brilliant . . . [it] hits an emotional nerve." - Los Angeles Review of Books

"Laced with literary references . . . a kaleidoscopic storytelling style, and philosophical humor." - New Yorker


Genre: Literary Fiction    

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Hardback Editions

October 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Angel of History: A Novel
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-8021-2576-X / 978-0-8021-2576-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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October 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Angel of History
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-4721-5237-9 / 978-1-4721-5237-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of History: A Novel
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-8021-2719-3 / 978-0-8021-2719-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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August 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Angel of History
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-4721-5238-7 / 978-1-4721-5238-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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October 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Angel of History
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-4721-5249-2 / 978-1-4721-5249-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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February 2017 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Angel of History: A Novel
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-5366-7342-0 / 978-1-5366-7342-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Angel of History: A Novel
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Angel of History: A Novel
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
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Kindle Editions

October 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Angel of History
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Corsair
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October 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Angel of History: A Novel
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
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