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Alameddine, Rabih

Overview
Works: 33 works in 246 publications in 16 languages and 5,629 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  History  Experimental fiction  Artists' books  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: PS3551.L215, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Rabih Alameddine
An unnecessary woman by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

53 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in 10 languages and held by 1,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family's 'unnecessary appendage.' Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read ... by anyone. After overhearing her neighbors, 'the three witches, ' discussing her too-white hair, Aaliya accidentally dyes her hair too blue. In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman's late-life crisis, readers follow Aaliya's digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colorful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya's own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left."
The hakawati by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

65 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in 11 languages and held by 1,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. The city is a shell of the Beirut Osama remembers, but he and his friends and family take solace in the things that have always sustained them: gossip, laughter, and, above all, stories. Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching stories--of his arrival in Lebanon, an orphan of the Turkish wars, and of how he earned the name al-Kharrat, the fibster--are interwoven with classic tales of the Middle East, stunningly reimagined. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the ancient, fabled Fatima; and Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders. Here, too, are contemporary Lebanese whose stories tell a larger, heartbreaking tale of seemingly endless war--and of survival.--From publisher description
The angel of history by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

22 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""There are many ways to break someone's heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life."-Yiyun Li Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheaval. Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints. Set in Cairo and Beirut; Sana'a, Stockholm, and San Francisco; Alameddine gives us a charged philosophical portrait of a brilliant mind in crisis. This is a profound, philosophical and hilariously winning story of the war between memory and oblivion we wrestle with every day of our lives. "Rabih Alameddine is one our most daring writers-daring not in the cheap sense of lurid or racy, but as a surgeon, a philosopher, an explorer, or a dancer."-Michael Chabon"--
I, the divine : a novel in first chapters by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

32 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Named by her grandfather after the "divine" Sarah Bernhardt, red-haired Sarah Nour El-Din is feisty, rebellious, individualistic - a person determined to make of her life a work of art. In I, the Divine, she tries to tell her story, sometimes casting it as a memoir, sometimes a novel, full of sly humor and dark realism, always beguilingly incomplete." "What emerges from these exquisite "first chapters" is extraordinary - a woman and a life as real as any we have known in literature. Raised in a hybrid family shaped by divorce and remarriage, and by Beirut in wartime, Sarah finds a fragile peace in self-imposed exile in the United States. Her vibrant spirit has survived violence, her mother's suicide, her sister's madness, and the impossibility of escaping her family (including her frighteningly entrepreneurial stepmother, who has hired members of Hezbollah to sabotage her competitors). Her extraordinary dignity is supported by a best friend, a grown-up son, sensual pleasures (occasional sex, frequent bubble baths, the company of cats), and her determination to tell her own story."--BOOK JACKET
Koolaids : the art of war by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel juxtaposing the civil war in Lebanon and the war against aids in the United States
An unnecessary woman : a novel by Rabih Alameddine( Recording )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aaliya Saleh lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family's 'unnecessary appendage.' Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read-by anyone. In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman's late-life crisis, listeners follow Aaliya's digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colorful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya's own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left
The perv : stories by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Lebanese writer's collection of sex stories. The story, The Changing Room, is on the homosexual experiences of a Lebanese boy in an English boarding school, while the title story is the memoir of a pedophile. By the author of Koolaids
The storyteller by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Hebrew and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The storyteller or the hakawati by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Osama al-Kharrat left Lebanon at 16 to escape the civil war. He returns after some years, much changed, to find his father bedridden and his family, friends and enemies gathered close, gossiping, making peace, and above all, telling stories
The hakawati by Rabih Alameddine( Recording )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION (POST C 1945). In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. As the family gathers, stories begin to unfold: Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching tales are interwoven with classic stories of the Middle East. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the beautiful Fatima; Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders; and a host of mischievous imps. Through Osama, we also enter the world of the contemporary Lebanese men and women whose stories tell a larger, heartbreaking tale of seemingly endless war, conflicted identity, and survival. With "The Hakawati," Rabih Alameddine has given us an Arabian Nights for this century
Friends, enemies and strangers by Oliver Wasow( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Friends, Enemies and Strangers is a book about the beauty and power Wasow finds in the people he knows, his desire to believe in the decency of those he doesn’t know, and his despair at the lack of humanity in people in positions of power. Using images he’s taken in his studio and found in flea markets and on the Internet, Wasow employs an array of post-production techniques to create a cast of characters that prompts us to reconsider not only the parameters of photographic portraiture but what we can know of human nature. The book includes an essay by Matthew Weinstein and a story by Rabih Alameddine."--Publisher's website, https://saint-lucy.com/shop/friends-enemies-and-strangers/, viewed August 14, 2018
Dinarzad's children : an anthology of contemporary Arab American fiction by Nabeel Abraham( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection offers up a mix of previously published and new works, creating a literary road map to Arab American literature today. The nineteen authors represented are of Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian, Egyptian, and Libyan descent, some with established reputations, others new young writers. They tell tales about Muslims and Christians, recent immigrants and fully assimilated Americans, teenagers, and grandmothers, guerrillas and peaceniks, professors, housewives, grocers, bookies, those who long for their homeland, and those who refuse to speak Arabic."--Jacket
The hakawati, or, The storyteller by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2003, Osama al-Kharrat returns to Beirut after many years in America to stand vigil at his father's deathbed. The city is a shell of the Beirut Osama remembers, but he and his friends and family take solace in the things that have always sustained them: gossip, laughter, and, above all, stories. Osama's grandfather was a hakawati, or storyteller, and his bewitching stories--of his arrival in Lebanon, an orphan of the Turkish wars, and of how he earned the name al-Kharrat, the fibster--are interwoven with classic tales of the Middle East, stunningly reimagined. Here are Abraham and Isaac; Ishmael, father of the Arab tribes; the ancient, fabled Fatima; and Baybars, the slave prince who vanquished the Crusaders. Here, too, are contemporary Lebanese whose stories tell a larger, heartbreaking tale of seemingly endless war--and of survival.--From publisher description
L'ange de l'histoire by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le temps d'une nuit, dans la salle d'attente d'un hôpital psychiatrique, Jacob, poète d'origine yéménite, revient sur les événements qui ont marqué sa vie : son enfance dans un bordel égyptien, son adolescence sous l'égide d'un père fortuné, puis sa vie d'adulte homosexuel à San Francisco dans les années 1980, point culminant de l'épidémie du sida. Mais Jacob n'est pas seul : Satan et la Mort se livrent un duel et se disputent son âme, l'un le forçant à se remémorer son passé douloureux, l'autre le poussant à oublier et à renoncer à la vie. En dressant le portrait bouleversant et tout en finesse d'un homme hanté par les souvenirs, Rabih Alameddine livre un texte éblouissant d'érudition et d'imagination, imprégné à la fois d'humour, de violence et de tendresse. Surtout, il nous rappelle l'urgence et la nécessité de se confronter au passé et de ne pas céder à l'oubli. [4e de couv.]
En overflødig kvinne by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in Norwegian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

72 år gamle Aaliya, bosatt i Beirut, ser tilbake på sitt eget liv. Hun jobbet i en bokhandel i over 50 år, og i smug oversatte hun bøker til arabisk. Det ferdige, håndskrevne manuset legger hun i en eske på pikerommet og badeværelse. Ingen av oversettelsene er utgitt. Dette er ifølge forlaget en stillfaren, men dramatisk fortelling om kvinneliv i Libanon
Hakawati historiefortelleren by Rabih Alameddine( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in Norwegian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En familiekrønike fra Libanon. Vi møter Osama som bor i USA men nå har kommet hjem til Beirut fordi hans far ligger for døden. Hele familien er samlet rundt den døende faren og gjennom onkelen får Osama hele familiehistorien flere generasjoner tilbake. Osamas farfar var en hakawati (forteller) som hadde en spesiell bakgrunn som sønn av en engelsk lege og en tjenestejente. Boka er en internasjonal bestselger
The angel of history by Rabih Alameddine( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yemeni-born poet Jacob revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints
Den overflødige kvinde by Rabih Alameddine( Recording )

3 editions published in 2015 in Danish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inutile : Liam Everett by Liam Everett( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawings by Everett trace and layer the forms of outdated hand tools, found by the artist in a studio outside Toulouse, France. Rust marks mix and stain the brittle sheets of a 60 year-old watercolor block found amongst the tools, leaving indexical fragments of now-obsolete utility, pushed to the point of abstraction. Images are presented alongside texts by Bruno Tollon - describing the history and purpose of the tools - and prose by Rabih Alameddine--Publisher's web site
Ed Loftus : no one and nowhere by Ed Loftus( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The hakawati
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I, the divine : a novel in first chaptersKoolaids : the art of warThe perv : storiesThe storytellerThe storyteller or the hakawatiDinarzad's children : an anthology of contemporary Arab American fictionThe hakawati, or, The storyteller
Alternative Names
ʿAlam al-Dīn, Rabīʿ

Rabih Alameddine Amerikaans auteur

Rabih Alameddine Lebanese-American painter and writer.

Rabih Alameddine libanesisch-amerikanischer Maler und Schriftsteller

עלם א-דין, רביע

علم الدين، ربيع.

알라메딘, 라비

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