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The Hakawati

(2008)
(The Storyteller)
A novel by

 

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


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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Used availability for Rabih Alameddine's The Hakawati


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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : UK Hardback
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
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
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
Title: The Storyteller (Bello)
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 1-4472-4824-4 / 978-1-4472-4824-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The Storyteller
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-330-45447-1 / 978-0-330-45447-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-307-38627-9 / 978-0-307-38627-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2009 : USA Paperback
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
Title: THE HAKAWATI PB
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-330-46969-X / 978-0-330-46969-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
ISBN: 0-330-45620-2 / 978-0-330-45620-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

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

December 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   

April 2008 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Hakawati
Author(s): Rabih Alameddine
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   



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