The Art of War
By Rabih Alameddine
(Picador, Hardcover, 9780312186937, 256pp.)
Publication Date: April 1998
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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An extraordinary literary debut, this book is about the AIDS epidemic, the civil war in Beirut, death, sex, and the meaning of life. Daring in form as well as content, Koolaids turns the traditional novel inside out and hangs it on the clothesline to air.
Rabih Almeddine is a successful painter who has had gallery shows throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He lives is San Francisco. He is also the author of The Perv.
"Daring, dazzling . . . a tough, funny, heart-breaking book."—Greg Burkman, Seattle Times
"Refreshing . . . often brave, full of heart . . . This novel is vigorously ambitious, its voice unique."—Portland Oregonian
"An absolutely brilliant book—daring in its somersault of literary feats and allusions, an antidote for anyone who suffers from the blahs or an excess of self-satisfaction. I hope it's widely read."—Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club
"Provocative, emotionally searing."—Publisher's Weekly