THE STONE OF LAUGHTER by Hoda Barakat

THE STONE OF LAUGHTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This unusual story of Beirut in time of civil war, which in 1990 won the Al-Naqid Award for first novels, offers a vividly detailed portrayal of an unfamiliar culture from the perspective of its protagonist, Khalil--a gay man who labors to remain uninvolved and neutral, but finds he can't avoid being drawn into his country's orbit even as it excludes him from full citizenship. A tendency toward preachiness is the only serious blemish in a gripping story filled with splendidly drawn secondary figures and distinguished by Barakat's characterization of the embattled and, finally, ennobled Khalil.

Pub Date: March 29th, 1996
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Interlink