Elias Khoury’s White Masks – Lebanon and the Civil War

I finished my review of Elias Khoury’s White Masks last week and on the whole I liked it and it is worth reading. I don’t want to say much more until the review comes out, although, I do think Yalo was a bit better book. However, considering it was only his second novel it is pretty good. White Masks is available from Archipelago on April, 20th.

Poster of the Lebanese Left Showing Martyrs

In writing the review I came across two interviews, one I’ve mentioned on the site before and the second I found. They add to the context of the book. Finally, I found a collection of posters at the American University of Lebanon. A quick perusal will give you a good sense of what the posters Khoury mentions in the book might have looked like, especially those of the Lebanese Left, which Khoury was allied with, and the example I have included here.

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3 thoughts on “Elias Khoury’s White Masks – Lebanon and the Civil War

  1. Hey, thanks! I hadn’t looked at any of the posters.

    And I’m in agreement: Yalo is a stronger book (much later in Khoury’s development). I think Archipelago is bringing out another book of Khoury’s next year, aren’t they?

    Oh, right: Ka’anaha Nae’ma/As Though She Were Sleeping, his latest. I’m really looking forward to that. I hope they’ve found a fabulous translator. (Come to think of it, Humphrey said he’s translating something of Khoury’s. Maybe that?)

  2. Yes, they are translating As Though She Were Sleeping. It will come out February 2011 according to the website.

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