Death Is Hard Work: A Novel

  • Publish Date: 2019-02-12
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Khaled Khalifa
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A dogged, absurd quest through the nightmare of the Syrian civil war

Khaled Khalifas Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syrias ongoing and catastrophic civil war: a tale of three ordinary people facing down the stuff of nightmares armed with little more 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 isafter allonly a two-hour drive from Damascus.

Theres 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 fathers 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 wayas they find themselves captured and recaptured, interrogated, imprisoned, and bombedwill prove to have enormous consequences for all of them.


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