The Perv by Rabih Alameddine

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A provocative first collection of stories by the author of Koolaids

Following the publication of his critically acclaimed first novel, Koolaids, Rabih Alameddine offers a collection of stories that explores the experience of a number of Lebanese characters - men and women, gay and straight--whose lives have been blown apart by a disastrous civil war and the resulting international diaspora. Daring in style as well as content, these tales explore the relationships that anchor our hearts to the world -- father and son, grandson and grandmother, pedophile and 12-year-old boy, young man and woman of the streets, sister and sister, daughter and father, gay man and heterosexual, the quick and their dead.

Suffused by a yearning for what has been lost, these narratives are both experimental and traditional, humorous and disturbing, and confirm without doubt that Alemeddine is one of the most original and accomplished young writers to emerge in some time.

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Rabih Alemeddine, author of Koolaids, is a successful painter who has had gallery shows in cities throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He lives in San Francisco.
Published July 2, 1999 by Picador. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The centerpiece—and most troubling story here—is The Perv, a self-justifying pedophile’s nauseatingly explicit account of his correspondence with a nubile (Lebanese-American) boy enjoyably exploring his own gayness.

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