Rabee Jaber

Rabee Jaber

Confessions

Fiction by Rabee Jaber

Translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid

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The Mehlis Report

Fiction by Rabee Jaber

Translated from the Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid

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Abu-Zeid has made Rabee Jaber’s Beirut part of our imaginary landscape and added him to our constellation of fiction writers.

—Erik Noonan, World Literature Today

[An] unflinching thriller about trauma and forgiveness, set in the chaos of the Lebanese Civil War.

—Jeva Lange, The Week

Clever and illuminating.

—Malcolm Forbes, The National

A book as unique as its subject matter – messy, incomplete, at times unreliable, yet as haunting and alluring as memories themselves.

—Justin Stephani, Electric Literature

Jaber is interested in what it means to live in and with fear, not for one season but for a whole generation, two generations, three. He’s interested in the bones of Beirut, a city that has had to rebuild itself repeatedly after being razed in war in 140 B.C., then devastated by the earthquake of 551, then again during the civil war, a city whose name derives from the Canaanite be’erot — “wells” — the water table that still sustains it. He’s interested in what lies beneath, what nourishes us without our knowing.

—Paul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review

Jaber shares a delight in stories that defy conventional ideas about identity and the relations between East and West.

—Robyn Creswell, The New York Review of Books

A slim, powerful volume, now in deft translation by Kareem James Abu-Zeid … [Jaber] is a major force in Arabic literature.

—M. Lynx-Qualey, The Chicago Tribune
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