Rabih Alameddine - The Angel of History (College of Marin)

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

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Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Joyce Maynard - At Home in the World

George Omi - American Yellow

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ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

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Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih 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 the author of the novels An Unnecessary WomanI, the Divine KoolaidsThe Hakawati. and the story collection, The Perv.

 

Location: 
College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave
Kentfield, CA 94904
The Angel of History Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125767
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 4th, 2016

"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.