Death Is Hard Work

Death Is Hard Work

Khaled Khalifa / Sep 21, 2019

Death Is Hard Work A dogged absurd quest through the nightmare of the Syrian civil warKhaled Khalifa s Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syria s ongoing and catastrophic civil

  • Title: Death Is Hard Work
  • Author: Khaled Khalifa
  • ISBN: 0374135738
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A dogged, absurd quest through the nightmare of the Syrian civil warKhaled Khalifa s Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syria s ongoing and catastrophic civil war a tale of three ordinary people facing down the stuff of nightmares armed with little than simple determination.Abdel Latif, an old man from the Aleppo region, dies peaceful A dogged, absurd quest through the nightmare of the Syrian civil warKhaled Khalifa s Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syria s ongoing and catastrophic civil war a tale of three ordinary people facing down the stuff of nightmares armed with little than simple determination.Abdel Latif, an old man from the Aleppo region, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus His final wish, conveyed to his youngest son, Bolbol, is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya Though Abdel was hardly an ideal father, and though Bolbol is estranged from his siblings, this conscientious son persuades his older brother Hussein and his sister Fatima to accompany him and the body to Anabiya, which is after all only a two hour drive from Damascus.There s only one problem Their country is a war zone.With the landscape of their childhood now a labyrinth of competing armies whose actions are at once arbitrary and lethal, the siblings decision to set aside their differences and honor their father s request quickly balloons from a minor commitment into an epic and life threatening quest Syria, however, is no longer a place for heroes, and the decisions the family must make along the way as they find themselves captured and recaptured, interrogated, imprisoned, and bombed will prove to have enormous consequences for all of them Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 192 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux More Details ISBN 0374135738 ISBN13 9780374135737 Edition Language English Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Death Is Hard Work, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Anticipated Literary Reads For Readers of Color 2019 235 books 86 voters Anticipated 2019 Literary Fiction 142 books 162 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 30, 2019 Mary rated it really liked it Having promised his dying father, Abdel Latif, that he will transport his body back to his hometown for burial, Bolbol enlists the help of his estranged brother Hussein and sister Fatima to carry out Abdel Latif s wishes But this simple promise is complicated by the fact that they are in Syria in the midst of a civil war, and the trip that they optimistically believe will take a day soon becomes a nightmarish odyssey where they are detained, questioned, bombed and imprisoned all while their fat Having promised his dying father, Abdel Latif, that he will transport his body back to his hometown for burial, Bolbol enlists the help of his estranged brother Hussein and sister Fatima to carry out Abdel Latif s wishes But this simple promise is complicated by the fact that they are in Syria in the midst of a civil war, and the trip that they optimistically believe will take a day soon becomes a nightmarish odyssey where they are detained, questioned, bombed and imprisoned all while their father s body decomposes in their van along with the last remaining family bonds between them.When I read the synopsis of this book, it was impossible not to think of it as the Syrian As I Lay Dying And, in fact, Death is Hard Work does share a lot of similarities with the Faulkner novel, not least of which is the surreal, almost absurdist, tone and the litany of troubles that complicate both journeys What sets this book apart, however, is its depiction of a country torn by civil war, and the injustices, indignities and, ultimately, the inhumanity that brings Author Abdel Latif was born near Aleppo and continues to live in Damascus despite the ongoing violence, and the realism that he is able to bring to the book s setting as a result is both stunning and horrifying As such, it s a difficult book to read, but one which is well worth the effort and deserving of a wide readership Recommended to anyone who wants to understand about the Syrian conflict.Many thanks to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley for providing me an ARC of this book in return for my honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Marisa rated it it was amazing Shelves arab lit, contemporary lit, death positivity, fave 2019 reads, netgalley, present day This novel is a gorgeous meditation on death, grief, family, and war It seems like it wouldn t take very long since essentially, the main plot of the book is this sibling trio taking their father s body to a town 2.5 hours away that ll take a bit longer due to the ongoing civil war in Syria However, the reader doesn t just get to see the family dynamics between the siblings in the car we re treated to their pasts and how they ve shaped these people into who they are at the time the novel take This novel is a gorgeous meditation on death, grief, family, and war It seems like it wouldn t take very long since essentially, the main plot of the book is this sibling trio taking their father s body to a town 2.5 hours away that ll take a bit longer due to the ongoing civil war in Syria However, the reader doesn t just get to see the family dynamics between the siblings in the car we re treated to their pasts and how they ve shaped these people into who they are at the time the novel takes place Each and every character is richly fleshed out from beginning to end, and they come across as actual people right in front of you rather than characters on a page in a book.The ending is a little odd, but I don t mean that in a bad way There just isn t any real resolution to Bolbol s story, but I think that s why I love it so much In real life, we don t always get closure or neat, even if ambiguous, endings to certain periods in our lives, and Bolbol is left at the end of the novel in such a way How the ending is handled is also another sign of Khaled Khalifa s skill as a writer because it s incredibly difficult for a writer to pull off an ambiguous ending that isn t really an ending at all, but Khalifa does it so authentically that that s exactly how it feels authentic.Lastly, the translation for the novel by Leri Price was superb Sometimes I m hesitant to read novels that have been translated from another language because so much of the original novel s meaning and language can get lost in the switch to English, but it was extremely well done If anything, I only wish that I were fluent in Arabic so that I could fully appreciate the novel in its original language since I m sure English doesn t quite do it the amount of justice that would receive if I had read it in Arabic I have a feeling this will be a book I come back to again and again I only wish I had the time and the words to write out just how truly powerful this book was for me Highly and thoroughly recommend flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Pablo Alejandro rated it it was amazing One of the best novels I have read this year The narrative shifting from present to presenting the background of all characters, its lack of sentimentalism, a very hard thing to achieve given the topic, the description of Syrian situation with an astonishing neutral realistic though not unconcerned tone I only disliked the fact that the female character is not really explained throughout the book and you don t really get to know her, or only as kind of mediator between both brothers flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Basak rated it it was amazing The most haunting and poignant novel I ve read in a long time flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 17, 2018 Worteldrie rated it liked it review of another edition Van elkaar vervreemde broers en zus rijden het lijk van hun vader door een even verscheurd Syrie naar zijn geboortegrond Gelukkig wordt de overeenkomst tussen land en gezin wordt nergens te expliciet De personages zijn onsympathiek van karakter maar daarom wel zo herkenbaar Men is tenslotte in oorlog De personages vinden zichzelf ook niet sympathiek, dat spreekt dan weer voor ze Een mens mag hopen nooit een burgeroorlog aan den lijve te ondervinden flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 22, 2018 LittleSophie rated it liked it Shelves 2018, duty finish I really wanted to like this novel , but it was just unbelievably monotonous I m not sure how much that might be due to the translation or my lack of knowledge regarding Syrian culture and literature, but the narrative pace was really punishingly slow The timeline was broken up into such small fragments, constantly jumping back and forth, that I got never really involved in the story.Direct speech is almost completely missing and combined with the similarly paced sentences, it took all imp I really wanted to like this novel , but it was just unbelievably monotonous I m not sure how much that might be due to the translation or my lack of knowledge regarding Syrian culture and literature, but the narrative pace was really punishingly slow The timeline was broken up into such small fragments, constantly jumping back and forth, that I got never really involved in the story.Direct speech is almost completely missing and combined with the similarly paced sentences, it took all impetus away I herald the author s intent to highlight the absurdity and brutality of the Syrian civil war, the destructive force it has on the individual life, but the novel s execution unfortunately prevented me from really engaging with the characters and his subject flag Like see review Dec 05, 2018 Pat rated it really liked it I received a free copy of Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa, through the Good Reads First Reads Giveaway This book is an uncomfortable read because of the realistic representation of the Civil War in Syria and death in general The author s talents makes for a sincere story including a dysfunctional family, both of which make one uncomfortable.This work is informative and sad, as is the situation in Syria I respect the book, although I couldn t wait to finish it because the true story is I received a free copy of Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa, through the Good Reads First Reads Giveaway This book is an uncomfortable read because of the realistic representation of the Civil War in Syria and death in general The author s talents makes for a sincere story including a dysfunctional family, both of which make one uncomfortable.This work is informative and sad, as is the situation in Syria I respect the book, although I couldn t wait to finish it because the true story is hard to bear flag Like see review Miriam St rated it really liked it Nov 18, 2018 Maria G rated it really liked it Sep 01, 2018 Varecia rated it liked it Sep 11, 2018 Lamerestbelle rated it really liked it Apr 27, 2018 Betty Moriau rated it liked it Mar 02, 2018 Michelle rated it it was amazing Jan 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        Arabic Khaled Khalifa was born in 1964, in a village close to Aleppo, Syria He is the fifth child of a family of thirteen siblings.He studied law at Aleppo University and actively participated in the foundation of Aleph magazine with a group of writers and poets A few months later, the magazine was closed down by Syrian censorship.He currently lives in Damascus where he writes scripts Arabic Khaled Khalifa was born in 1964, in a village close to Aleppo, Syria He is the fifth child of a family of thirteen siblings.He studied law at Aleppo University and actively participated in the foundation of Aleph magazine with a group of writers and poets A few months later, the magazine was closed down by Syrian censorship.He currently lives in Damascus where he writes scripts for cinema and television


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    1. Having promised his dying father, Abdel Latif, that he will transport his body back to his hometown for burial, Bolbol enlists the help of his estranged brother Hussein and sister Fatima to carry out Abdel Latif s wishes But this simple promise is complicated by the fact that they are in Syria in the midst of a civil war, and the trip that they optimistically believe will take a day soon becomes a nightmarish odyssey where they are detained, questioned, bombed and imprisoned all while their fat [...]


    2. This novel is a gorgeous meditation on death, grief, family, and war It seems like it wouldn t take very long since essentially, the main plot of the book is this sibling trio taking their father s body to a town 2.5 hours away that ll take a bit longer due to the ongoing civil war in Syria However, the reader doesn t just get to see the family dynamics between the siblings in the car we re treated to their pasts and how they ve shaped these people into who they are at the time the novel take Th [...]


    3. One of the best novels I have read this year The narrative shifting from present to presenting the background of all characters, its lack of sentimentalism, a very hard thing to achieve given the topic, the description of Syrian situation with an astonishing neutral realistic though not unconcerned tone I only disliked the fact that the female character is not really explained throughout the book and you don t really get to know her, or only as kind of mediator between both brothers.



    4. Van elkaar vervreemde broers en zus rijden het lijk van hun vader door een even verscheurd Syrie naar zijn geboortegrond Gelukkig wordt de overeenkomst tussen land en gezin wordt nergens te expliciet De personages zijn onsympathiek van karakter maar daarom wel zo herkenbaar Men is tenslotte in oorlog De personages vinden zichzelf ook niet sympathiek, dat spreekt dan weer voor ze Een mens mag hopen nooit een burgeroorlog aan den lijve te ondervinden.


    5. I really wanted to like this novel , but it was just unbelievably monotonous I m not sure how much that might be due to the translation or my lack of knowledge regarding Syrian culture and literature, but the narrative pace was really punishingly slow The timeline was broken up into such small fragments, constantly jumping back and forth, that I got never really involved in the story.Direct speech is almost completely missing and combined with the similarly paced sentences, it took all imp I rea [...]


    6. I received a free copy of Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa, through the Good Reads First Reads Giveaway This book is an uncomfortable read because of the realistic representation of the Civil War in Syria and death in general The author s talents makes for a sincere story including a dysfunctional family, both of which make one uncomfortable.This work is informative and sad, as is the situation in Syria I respect the book, although I couldn t wait to finish it because the true story is I rec [...]


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