In Praise of Hatred

In Praise of Hatred

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In 1980s Syria, a young Muslim girl lives a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents. Her three aunts-the pious Maryam, the liberal Safaa, and the free-spirited Marwa-raise her with the aid of their ever-devoted blind servant.

Soon the high walls of the family home are no longer able to protect the girl from the social and political chaos outside. Witnessing the ruling dictatorship's bloody campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, she is filled with hatred for the regime and becomes increasingly radical. In the footsteps of her beloved uncle, Bakr, she launches herself into a battle for her religion, her country, and ultimately, for her own future.

With this layered novel, Khaled Khalifa has crafted a thrilling yet heartful coming-of-age tale of a girl who must examine her loyalties and fight to prove them both to others and to herself. In Praise of Hatred is a stirring story narrated against the backdrop of real-life events that feel less like history and more like the present, echoing the violence plaguing the Middle East today.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250052346
1250052343
Characteristics: x, 305 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Price, Leri

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MaryMaryJ
Sep 16, 2014

A sad and almost poetic candence to the story - as despair and chaos affects every aspect of the family's lives. Even those periods of possible joy are soon dampened to despondency and seriousness. Amazing that Syria in the 1970's is just as it has become since 2010!

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