Books by Rashid al-Daif

THIS SIDE OF INNOCENCE by Rashid al-Daif
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"But so little is revealed (we know only that it's set during Lebanon's recent civil war), that the reader's sympathies are never fully engaged—and it all seems to add up to little more than a rather pointless exercise in fictional technique."
Kafka's The Trial and Koestler's Darkness at Noon lie squarely behind this bleak 1997 novel by the Lebanese author of the recently translated Dear Mr. Kawabata (2000). Read full book review >
DEAR MR. KAWABATA by Rashid al-Daif
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"In other words, whenever (Rashid) al-Daif isn't lecturing Kawabata (and us), he proves himself an impressively gifted novelist."
The civil war between the 1970s and early '90s in Lebanon provides both background and theme for this simultaneously impassioned and discursive story, presented as the delusional monologue of Rashid, a Lebanese revolutionary who is mortally wounded during the war's final days. Read full book review >