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Death Is Hard Work

Khaled Khalifa

A tale of three ordinary people embarking on a dogged, absurd quest through the nightmare of Syria’s ongoing and catastrophic civil war – with little more than simple determination.

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571346059
Date Published
06.02.2020
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Summary

A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER OF THE SAIF GHOBASH BANIPAL PRIZE
A FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS IN TRANSLATED LITERATURE
A FINALIST FOR THE PREMIO GREGOR VON REZZORI AWARD

Death Is Hard Work is a tale of three people embarking on an absurd quest – an unforgettable journey into a contemporary heart of darkness.

At a hospital in Damascus, Syria, Abdel Latif’s final wish is to be buried in the family plot near Aleppo – just a two-hour drive away. Bolbol, his youngest son, persuades his estranged brother and sister to accompany him and their father’s body to the ancestral village. But Syria is a war zone, and the trials that confront the family on their journey will have enormous consequences for them all.

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Khaled Khalifa was born in 1964, in a village close to Aleppo, Syria. He is the author of four novels, including In Praise of Hatred, which was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, and No Knives in the Kitchens of this City, which won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2013. He lives in Damascus, a city…

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