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Jalal Toufic


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The author, son of an Iraqi father and a Palestinian mother, lived in Lebanon for 17 years; this extraordinary fictionalized memoir derives much of its intensity from Toufic's exposure to three of the world's most devastated peoples. Viewing life through the eyes of Nietzsche and Kafka, he deftly turns sitting in a cafe into an autobiographical narrative blended with philosophy and observations on cinema gleaned from his own experience as a filmmaker. The text turns on a metaphoric excavation of an always underway process or state of 'distraction'-- A state which for Toufic is not so much an attitude or level of concentration as it is an ontological modality. Insightful, funny, erotic, at times bizarre,Distracted offers an indelible vision of daily life by a man born on the twin currents of art and history.

Station Hill Press, 9780882680590

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

About the Author

Jalal Toufic is a Lebanese artist, filmmaker and author, born to an Iraqi father and a Palestinian mother. He has lived in Lebanon for about 17 years, and his work often reflects his heritage. Since September 2007 Toufic has lived in Istanbul, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Communication Design at Kadir Has University. He is the author of He is the author of Distracted (Station Hill, 1991; 2nd ed., Tuumba, 2003), : An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film (Station Hill, 1993; 2nd ed., Post Apollo, 2003), Over-Sensitivity (Sun & Moon, 1996), Forthcoming (Atelos, 2000), Undying Love, or Love Dies (Post Apollo, 2002), Two or Three Things I’m Dying to Tell You (Post Apollo, 2005), and ‘sh’r’: This Blood Spilled in My Veins (Forthcoming Books, 2005)