Tale of a Certain Orient
Brand: Bloomsbury UK

Tale of a Certain Orient

  • Publish Date: 2004-07-01
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Milton Hatoum

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Emilie, the matriarch, is on her deathbed. Returning to her childhood home to say goodbye, her granddaughter becomes enveloped in memories, as family and friends gather round to tell their own tales, one by one. We hear of how Uncle Hanna first left Lebanon for Brazil early in the twentieth century; of Soraya Angela, the illegitimate deaf-mute child whose short life was blighted by fear and prejudice; of Uncle Emir and his solitary walk that ended at the bottom of a river; of Hakim's wranglings with the Arabic language; of the two unnameable, fiery-tongued brothers; of the German photographer and constant friend Dorner, roaming Manaus with his Hasselblad; and at the center of it all lies Emilie: loving, interfering, luminous. Flowing like the Amazon through East and West, city and jungle, life and death, Tale of A Certain Orient has all the magnetism and lush beauty of its Brazilian setting.

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