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About This Man Called Ali: The Purple Life of an Arab Artist Hardcover – 1 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd; New ed. edition (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190601132X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906011321
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Arab gays are under siege in societies that want to pretend they don't exist. But a new biography of an Arab artist offers another view."
Newsweek, April 23, 2009

"Ali was a scion of the ancient and decaying aristocracy in Aleppo, Syria, who sometimes styled himself, improbably and ironically, the last descendant of Saladin . ..his was a life of parallel universes. He found in these contrasting worlds ecstasy and inspiration, but also injury, frustration and s sadly ironic that Ghandour s amicable but unflinching work... should be coming out in Britain now, only weeks after Amnesty International denounced the murder of dozens of homosexuals in what the Bush administrations used to refer to as liberated Iraq." Newsweek, 27 April 2009 --Newsweek, 27 April 2009

"The worlds of Lawrence of Arabia, of Cavafy and of contemporary art come together in this life of Ali al Jabri, the first biography of a modern Arab artist." --Philip Mansel

"This vivid account of the life of the Arab artist Ali Jabri is more than a fascinating biography; it is a history of the Middle East told through the fortunes of a powerful Syrian family." --Helen Kennedy QC


"He straddled his many conflicting worlds - Eastern roots and Western orientation, an aristocratic Syrian pedigree and the hard life he lived..." Interview with the author

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