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Series: NYRB Classics
Publication Date: January 17, 2023
by Anton Shammas, translated from the Hebrew by Vivian Eden, afterword by Elias Khoury
Intricately conceived and beautifully written. . . . A crisp, luminous, and nervy mixture of fantasy and autobiography . . . [and] an elegant example of postmodern baroque.
—John Updike, The New Yorker
This book is a history of its author’s youth and the memoir of a family and a fabled region—Galilee. . . A beautifully impressive piece of prose.
—William H. Gass, New York Times Book Review
Arabesques is a classic of the exploration of identity. . . A Palestinian master of Hebrew, living at the seam between the ancient and the modern, between loyalties and appetites, Shammas has written beautifully about his search for design. He transforms fact into fantasy without changing a thing.
Arabesques really brings, as novels were once supposed to bring, ‘news’ from elsewhere. . . This book has already added something notable to Israeli literature.
—Irving Howe, The New York Review of Books
If Hebrew literature is at all destined to have its Conrads, Nabokovs, Becketts and Lonescos, it could not have hoped for a more auspicious beginning.
—Muhammad Siddiq, Los Angeles Times Book Review