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Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheavalSet over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic The Angel of History follows Yemeni born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life from 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 Hovered over by the presence of alluring sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints Set in Cairo and Beirut Sana'a Stockholm and San Francisco Alameddine gives us a charged philosophical portrait of a brilliant mind in crisis This is a profound philosophical and hilariously winning story of the war between memory and oblivion we wrestle with every day of our lives


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    While I were aliveI loved you while you were alive and I loved you still but I forgot for awhile Forgive me I couldn't obsess about you all the time so you disappeared as if I'd bleached my memory but you came back you know like a fungalinfection remember thrush the white stains that attacked your innocent tongue looked like the snowy down on old strawberries we couldn't get rid of it and you hated it and I hated it and you wanted it over You've been gone for decades you hide deep in my lakes why now why infect my dreams now?Jacob is an Arab Yemeni born son of a whore a poet 50 something years old He is Gaylived in San Francisco during the heights of AIDS Jacob couldn't remember his partner Greg's last days Satan provokes Jacob to talk to the fourteen saints rather than his dead hubbyand contemplate the magnitude of his painful past SoJacob 'did' recall some memories troublesome as many were Jacob and Greg were in a Gay Bookstore in the Castro District in San Francisco when they were stopped by two gay writers RUDE guys a Tom something and a Bernard something Tom something was sharing about fulfilling his life long dream of visiting Burning ManHe wasn't a happy camper about the sand in his underwearso by his 2nd day he became a bottom less naked noodle Jacob was getting bored and annoyed by this guy when it only gets worse Tom's friend Bernard something interrupts his pretty friends's Burning Gross monologue and informs Jacob that this was Didion's book except he called her the goddess his gay eyes rose towards the ceiling in Pierre et Gilles devotion I could imagine a halo or at least a tiara above his head He never missed reading any of her books he said I admit I was surprised by both theinsipidity of this pair and their assumed intimacy I wished them gone I wish me goneget thee gone get thee to a nunn'ry why woulds't thou be a breeder of sinners? While reading Rabih Alameddine's bookI recognize the authors style of writing using humor and cynicism from having read An Unnecessary Woman This is a very different story of coursebut the writing is equally as gorgeous Alameddine leaves us with themes to discuss about memory forgetting the past distorting it fragments remembering re calling conversations and the burden of traumatic memories and regret Rabih dramatically illustrates different ways memory can get us into trouble using symbolism and storytelling I really need to read all other books by Rabih Almeddine His prose is beautiful page after page and the frailty and humanity of his characters are ordinary and extraordinary I laughed a lot tooThank You Grove Atlantic Netgalley and Rabih Alameddine