Pariseren - ISBN 9788283830552 - Pelikanen
Isabella Hammad

Pariseren

eller Al-Baraisi

Pariseren

Pris: 439,-

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  • ISBN 9788283830552
  • InnbindingInnbundet
  • SalgsstatusI salg
  • Utg.år2020
  • OversetterPål Aasen
    • KategorierRoman
    • Vekt1.023
    • Bokgruppe42
    • OriginaltittelThe Parisian
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Isabella Hammads mesterlige romandebut Pariseren utforsker en avgjørende periode i Palestinsk historie gjennom fortellingen om en ung manns reiser og romanser, fra hans studier i Frankrike under første verdenskrig, til hans retur til et Palestina som begynner å kjempe for selvstendighet.


Midhat Kamal er sønn av en mektig tekstilhandler fra Nablus i det Ottomanske Palestina. Han er en drømmer, en romantiker og estet, som i 1914 reiser for å studere medisin i Montpellier, der han blir håpløst forelsket.

Da Midhat senere returnerer til et Nablus som er falt i Britenes hender, og regioner nærmest eksploderer under trykket fra nasjonalistiske spenninger, må han balansere sin splittede lojalitet mellom hans elskede Europa og trykket fra det lokalsamfunnet som nå kaller han al-Barisi – Pariseren.


Pariseren er en episk krønike som henter inspirasjon fra London-fødte Hammads egne palestinske familie. Romanen slekter på storheter som Tolstoi, Turgenjev og Stendhal, og er en besettende leseopplevelse som ikke gjør sammenlikningen til skamme.

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A sublime reading experience: delicate, restrained, surpassingly intelligent, uncommonly poised and truly beautiful

Zadie Smith


One of the most ambitious first novels to have appeared in years. … Written in soulful, searching prose, it’s a jam-packed epic … Hammad is a natural social novelist with an ear for lively dialogue as well as an ability to illuminate psychological interiority. … Hammad is a writer of startling talent – and The Parisian has the rhythm of life.

Observer


Hammad has an exquisite control on her subject: this is precise writing, measured, and careful. It doesn’t sprawl; it pins. And it doesn’t get swept up in generalisations or making characters mouthpieces for the march of history; rather, her detail makes you feel the homes and cities she takes us to, and the people that inhabit them, are as multifaceted and mysterious as those of real life. Hammad’s presentation of a politically contentious time, the after-effects of which are still felt today, is also complex and demandingly layered – as it should be.

Independent


Much of the pleasure of the book is to be found in Hammad’s often strikingly clear, original imagery … She also provides many canny shifts in focus, from a cinematic, establishing wide-shots of a location, deftly sketched, to zooming in on the tiniest, most intimate detail …It is Hammad’s sustaining of both perspectives, the minutiae that make up an individual life and the macro political upheavals that change a country forever, that makes The Parisian so impressive.

Independent


Isabella Hammad shows rare maturity, both in her marshalling of a huge cast of characters and in her ability to illuminate such a politically charged period of history without didacticism or literary showboating.

Mail on Sunday

 

 Sumptuous and sharply observed – an old-school novel to lost yourself in.

 Metro


Isabella Hammad has crafted an exquisite novel that, like Midhat himself, delves back into the confusing past while remaining wholly anchored in the precarious present.

The New York Times


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