Books by Elias Khoury

BROKEN MIRRORS by Elias Khoury
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"A lyrical, antic, sometimes-plodding embodiment of the complications of self and nationhood."
A man returns to his native Lebanon—and a long history of personal and cultural turmoil—in this panoramic novel. Read full book review >
YALO by Elias Khoury
by Elias Khoury, translated by Peter Theroux
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Khoury's unsparing portrayal of a man without a country, a history or even an identity dominates this deceptively intricate novel."
The "confession" of an ingenuous, conflicted foot soldier in Lebanon's recent (1975-90) civil war forms the complex subject of this 2002 novel from that country's internationally acclaimed author (Gate of the Sun, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
GATE OF THE SUN by Elias Khoury
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Well received internationally—not least in Israel—Khoury's novel reports events little known outside Palestine, woven into an elaborate but effective structure."
Absorbing epic of the Palestinian people. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1996

The Kingdom Of Strangers ($24.00; paper $16.00; Jul. 1996; 112 pp.; 1-55728-433-4; paper 1-55728-434-2): This mosaic portrayal of its author's native Lebanon besieged by civil war in fact expands into a generalized examination of the chaos and despair suffered by families everywhere during wartime (e.g., in one of its segments that describes the unlikely friendship formed by an Arab and a Jew who meet in a neutral country and are thus uninfluenced by their rival cultures). The message is blunt, and Khoury (The Journey of Little Gandhi, 1994, etc., not reviewed) indulges an unfortunate predilection for portentous rhetorical questions and flat authorial statement. But in the tale of Widad, a Circassian peasant girl who becomes the beloved wife of the wealthy merchant who ``buys'' her, he creates a stingingly dramatic tale—blessedly shorn of moralizing—that escapes, and far out-distances his novel's essential preachiness. Read full book review >