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Gate of the Sun

(2005)
A novel by

 
 


Gate of the Sun: Bab al-Shams is the first true magnum opus of the Palestinian saga. Through the passing of the beloved midwife and matriarch of the Shatila refugee camp outside Beirut, the reader enters a world of displacement, fear, and tenuous hope. A doctor tells a story to a man in a coma in an attempt to keep him alive. The patient, Yunes, is from Galilee, where he left Nahla, the love of his life. The novel unfolds at his bedside through Dr. Khalil's intimate and haunting flights of memory.

Khoury humanizes the complex Palestinian/Israeli -struggle for us, shedding light on the turbulent history with love and empathy. Khoury opens up a whole new territory, envisioning a place where confronting pain and humiliation might lead, if not to reconciliation, then at least to finding an element of the other in one's self. "Us" and "Them" become inextricably entwined through this realigned 1001 Nights. Originally published in Beirut in 1998, the novel has been a sensation throughout the Arab world, in Israel, and throughout Europe.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Gate of the Sun
Author(s): Elias Khoury
ISBN: 0-9763950-2-9 / 978-0-9763950-2-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Archipelago Books
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November 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Gate of the Sun
Author(s): Khoury Elias
ISBN: 1-84343-103-3 / 978-1-84343-103-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gate of the Sun
Author(s): Elias Khoury
ISBN: 0-914671-61-8 / 978-0-914671-61-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Archipelago
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February 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gate of the Sun
Author(s): Elias Khoury
ISBN: 0-312-42670-4 / 978-0-312-42670-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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March 2007 : Paperback
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Title: Gate of the Sun
Author(s): Elias Khoury
Publisher: Picador
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October 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Gate of the Sun
Author(s): Elias Khoury
ISBN: 0-09-946159-5 / 978-0-09-946159-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Gate of the Sun
Author(s): Elias Khoury
Publisher: Archipelago
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