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The Hakawati
Date of Review: 
Traci J. Macnamara
Rocky Mountain News

“Prepare yourself for takeoff on a fantastic magic carpet ride. Rabih Alameddine’s new novel is an Arabian Nights for the 21st century. Bewitching readers with tales of spellbinding genies and shape-shifting demons, Alameddine gives classic tales a modern twist, borrowing from the best of his sources, which include A Thousand and One Nights, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the Old Testament and the Koran, to name a few. The Hakawati is one story, and in it, Alameddine tells the stories of all times. . . . Like A Thousand and One Nights, The Hakawati embeds stories within a story to create an intricately woven tapestry of tales. . . . A narrative whose parts come together with a richness that gives this book its cultural, historical and literary worth. . . . Alameddine proves that he’s the hakawati for our times.”

The Hakawati