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Gate of the Sun: Bab al-Shams is the first true
magnum opus of the Palestinian saga. Through the passing of
the beloved midwife and matriarch of the Shatila refugee
camp outside Beirut, the reader enters a world of
displacement, fear, and tenuous hope. A doctor tells a story
to a man in a coma in an attempt to keep him alive. The
patient, Yunes, is from Galilee, where he left Nahla, the
love of his life. The novel unfolds at his bedside through
Dr. Khalil's intimate and haunting flights of memory.
Khoury humanizes the complex Palestinian/Israeli
-struggle for us, shedding light on the turbulent history
with love and empathy. Khoury opens up a whole new
territory, envisioning a place where confronting pain and
humiliation might lead, if not to reconciliation, then at
least to finding an element of the other in one's self. "Us"
and "Them" become inextricably entwined through this
realigned 1001 Nights. Originally published in Beirut
in 1998, the novel has been a sensation throughout the Arab
world, in Israel, and throughout Europe.
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