Ports of Call by Amin Maalouf

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Translated from the French by Alberto Manguel To call your son Ossyane is like calling him Rebellion or Disobedience. When Ossyane's father gives him that name, it represents the protest of an aristocratic but liberal man against a history of sectarianism and violence that has characterized the world he inherited from his Ottoman ancestors. But his brilliant, dutiful son develops into a peaceable young man, and travels to France to study, away from the burden of his father's revolutionary ambitions. War breaks out in Europe, and Ossyane is drawn into the Resistance, where he meets Clara. He returns to Beirut, to a rebel hero's welcome after all, and to joyful marriage with Clara. The Jewish-Muslim couple move to Haifa, but if one war has made a hero out of Ossyane, another, much closer to home, is destined to separate him from the people and the world that he loves. In this novel, the first by Amin Maalouf to be set in the modern Middle East, the author's exceptional gift of narrative lends itself to a story that becomes a powerful allegory for the struggles and anarchy that have beset his native land for the last half-century.

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Amin Maalouf is an eminent novelist, whose books include "The Rock of Tanios," which won the 1993 Goncourt Prize, France's most prestigious literary award. He was formerly director of the leading Beirut newspaper "an-Nahar" and editor of "Jeune Afrique, Alberto Manguel is the author of "A History of Reading" and (with Gianni Guadalupi) of "The Dictionary of Imaginery Places". His novel "News from a Foreign Country Came" won the McKitterick prize in 1992.
Published July 1, 2001 by Random House UK. 224 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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177) offers here the winsome (though strangely uninvolving) story of Turkish-Lebanese nobleman Ossyane Ketabdar’s renunciation of both his father’s revolutionary ardor and Clara, the Jewish woman whom their respective cultures, a world war, and the later (1948) Arab-Israeli War keep apart for man...

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