The Angel of History

The Angel of History

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints.--
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802125767
080212576X
Branch Call Number: FIC ALAMEDD 2016
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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SFPL_danielay Nov 27, 2017

A wonderful and moving book on being Arab, the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco but more about how we remember our past and our loved ones even if the memories are painful and how we can continue living after tragedy hits. Highly recommended!

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SallyLaslie
Jun 06, 2017

It is a well written novel that explores the nooks and crannies of a slightly overwrought, maybe unbalanced, mentality infected with a litany of religious figures. Essentially in the 70 pages that I read the book goes nowhere.

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