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Blood Test

Blood Test

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Widely known throughout the Arab world as a leading poet, journalist, and literary critic, Abbas Beydoun's writing is infused with the politics and culture of his native Lebanon. In Blood Test, his first novel, Beydoun recounts the efforts of a young man to explore his own history and identity through his encounters with the family and friends who surround him. The sudden death of his father prompts him to follow the physical and psychological traces he left behind, a journey that raises as many questions as it answers. The young man's search for a sense of belonging and rootedness leads him both forward and back as the narration travels in time and place over two continents and several generations. Max Weiss's fluid translation effortlessly conveys Beydoun's impassioned language and textured storytelling. Blood Test is a passport to places both real and imagined, leaving readers enriched by their travels.

Author: Abbas Beydoun
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Published: 11/04/2008
Pages: 121
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.42lbs
Size: 9.16h x 6.12w x 0.38d
ISBN: 9780815609124

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 09/22/2008 pg. 40

About the Author

Abbas Beydoun is the author of eleven collections of poetry and one novel. He is the editor of the cultural supplement of the Beirut daily newspaper as-Safir.

Max Weiss is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.
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