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.
Verlag: Little, Brown and Company
Seiten: 304 S. Erscheinungsjahr: 2017 Ausführung: Kartonierter Einband (Kt)