The parisian (2020)

Hammad Isabella

Midhat Kamal – dreamer, romantic, aesthete – leaves Palestine in 1914 to study medicine in France, under the tutelage of Dr Molineu. He falls deeply in love with Jeannette, the doctor’s daughter. But Midhat soon discovers that everything is fragile: love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong.

Through Midhat’s eyes we see the tangled politics and personal tragedies of a turbulent era – the Palestinian struggle for independence, the strife of the early twentieth century, and the looming shadow of the Second World War. Lush and immersive, and devastating in its power, The Parisian is an elegant, richly-imagined debut from a dazzling new voice in fiction.

  • - Année de publication : 2020
  • - Pages : 0
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  • - Langue : Anglais

A propos de l'auteur :

Hammad Isabella :

Isabella Hammad was born in London. She won the 2018 Plimpton Prize for Fiction and a 2019 O. Henry Prize , and is a 2019 National Book Award « 5 under 35 » Honoree. The Parisian is her first novel.

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  • Catherine
    1 février 2021

    A real achievement to write such a dense novel covering the Middle Eastern conflict from 1913 to 1936 The story is accurate, very interesting and very well documented. The characters are well developped , entertaining and attaching. Besides the history part , it's also a tale of love and seeking Identity The first and last part got me captured and I liked the style. But: too long, too dense, too many characters. One has to constantly go and check who is who, the map, the historical dates etc.