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In Praise of Hatred [Kindle Edition]

Khaled Khalifa , Leri Price
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Book Description

1980s Syria, our young narrator is living a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents in Aleppo. Her three aunts, Maryam the pious one; Safaa, the liberal; and the free-spirited Marwa, bring her up with the aid of their ever-devoted blind servant.



Soon the high walls of the family home are unable to protect her from the social and political changes outside. Witnessing the crackdowns of the ruling dictatorship against Muslims, she is filled with hatred for her oppressors, and becomes increasingly fundamentalist. In the footsteps of her beloved uncle Bakr, she takes on the party, launching herself into a fight for her religion, her country, and ultimately, her own future.



On a backdrop of real-life events that occurred during the Syrian regime’s ruthless suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1980s, IN PRAISE OF HATRED is a stirring, sensual story. Its elegant use of traditional, layered storytelling is a powerful echo of the modern-day tragedy that is now taking place in the Middle East.



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"The novel is at once startling, creative and bold because of its tight construction and well-drawn characters" (Dr Khaled Hroub, Cambridge University)

"A Balzacian tale full of romance and murder that ranges from Afghanistan to Yemen to Syria" (New York Times)

"Chillingly true to life" (Financial Times)

"That Khalifa has chosen to profile fanaticism from a feminine perspective, rather than the more predictable 'male martyr', is this book's great innovation ... courageous" (Independent)

"Gloriously vivacious and nuanced" (Guardian)

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Shortlisted for the Arabic 'Man Booker' prize: the dramatic and controversial story of a young Muslim girl who turns extremist- told against the violent upheaval of 1980s Syria.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VRLR9C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,955 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved it, but I would recommend those who read Arabic to read the original book because the ending in the English translation is different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice 9 Oct. 2013
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Had this book for my Middle Easter literature class and I went through most of it. It gave me a new view towards middle east.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful beautifully written book! 7 Sept. 2013
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beautifully written. beautifully translated. an incredible portal to all that is roiling syria today and the middle east in general: sectarianism, radicalism, tribalism, brutal and escalating violence. no wonder the future of women in the middle east is "as black as their clothes."
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