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No Road to Paradise

No Road to Paradise
Hassan Daoud

Translated by: Marilyn Booth

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When the imam of a small town in Southern Lebanon is diagnosed with cancer, the illness he fears and has expected for years, he takes the radical decision to abandon the life he inherited from his father. He was persuaded to wear the robe and turban in his youth to preserve the family tradition and entered into an arranged marriage. While his grandfather and father were once powerful imams, he displays no interest in the mosque. The wife, for whom he feels no affection, attends to her chores and nurses his father, now sick and bedridden, in his house. Though he worries about his two sons, who were born deaf and mute, he takes no measures to secure a special education for them.

Author Info

Hassan Daoud, born in Beirut in 1950, holds a master's degree in Arabic literature and has taught creative writing at the Lebanese American University. He is the editorial director of al-Mudun news website and is on the editorial board of the quarterly magazine Kalamon. He is the author of three short story collections and ten novels. No Road to Paradise was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2015. Marilyn Booth, the translator of numerous works of Arabic fiction, is Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud Professor in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Series: Hoopoe Fiction

ISBN: 9789774168178
Publication Date: 29 Mar 2017
Number of Pages: 304
Height: 205
Width: 130

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