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The Hakawati

(2008)
(The Storyteller)
A novel by

 
 
An astonishingly inventive, wonderfully exuberant novel that takes us from the shimmering dunes of ancient Egypt to the war-torn streets of twenty-first-century Lebanon.

In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. The city is a shell of the Beirut Osama remembers, but he and his friends and family take solace in the things that have always sustained them: gossip, laughter, and, above all, stories.

Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching stories—of his arrival in Lebanon, an orphan of the Turkish wars, and of how he earned the name al-Kharrat, the fibster—are interwoven with classic tales of the Middle East, stunningly reimagined. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the ancient, fabled Fatima; and Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders. Here, too, are contemporary Lebanese whose stories tell a larger, heartbreaking tale of seemingly endless war—and of survival.

Like a true hakawati, Rabih Alameddine has given us an Arabian Nights for this century—a funny, captivating novel that enchants and dazzles from its very first lines: “Listen. Let me take you on a journey beyond imagining. Let me tell you a story.”

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"Here is absolute beauty. One of the finest novels I've read in years." - Junot Díaz


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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-330-45221-5 / 978-0-330-45221-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-307-26679-6 / 978-0-307-26679-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-385-66476-1 / 978-0-385-66476-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bond Street Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Storyteller (Bello)
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-4472-4824-4 / 978-1-4472-4824-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Storyteller
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-330-45447-1 / 978-0-330-45447-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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June 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-307-38627-9 / 978-0-307-38627-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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June 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-385-66477-X / 978-0-385-66477-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: THE HAKAWATI PB
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-330-46969-X / 978-0-330-46969-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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April 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-330-45620-2 / 978-0-330-45620-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

January 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-5113-1783-3 / 978-1-5113-1783-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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December 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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April 2008 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Anchor
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