Gate of the Sun
Gate of the Sun
Archipelago Books, Hardcover, 9780976395027, 539pp.
Publication Date: January 3, 2006
Humphrey Davies translations include Naguib Mahfouz s Thebes at War (American University in Cairo Press, Anchor Books) and Alaa al-Aswany s The Yacoubian Building (AUC Press). He has lived throughout the Middle East and is currently based in Cairo."
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Because the world is the way it is, because whole groups of people can be maligned, neglected, ignored, for too many years, we need the voice of Elias Khoury—detailed, exquisite, humane—more than ever. Read him. Without fail, read him. —Naomi Shihab
Nye Elias Khoury . . . is an artist giving voice to rooted exiles and trapped refugees, to dissolving boundaries and changing identities, to radical demands and new languages. From this perspective Khoury’s work bids Mahfouz an inevitable and yet profoundly respectful farewell. —Edward Said
There has been powerful fiction about Palestinians and by Palestinians, but few have held to the light the myths, tales and rumors of both Israel and the Arabs with such discerning compassion. In Humphrey Davies' sparely poetic translation, Gate of the Sunis an imposingly rich and realistic novel, a genuine masterwork. —New York Times Book Review
In Gate of the Sun a character dreams of writing a ‘book without a beginning or end...an epic of the Palestinian people,’ based on the stories of every village, and starting from the ‘great expulsion of 1948.’ Elias Khoury’s monumental novel is in a sense that groundbreaking book. —The Guardian (UK)