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The Resource The secret life of Saeed the pessoptimist, Imil Habibi; Translated by Salma Jayyusi, Trevor Le Gassick

The secret life of Saeed the pessoptimist, Imil Habibi; Translated by Salma Jayyusi, Trevor Le Gassick

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The secret life of Saeed the pessoptimist
Title
The secret life of Saeed the pessoptimist
Statement of responsibility
Imil Habibi; Translated by Salma Jayyusi, Trevor Le Gassick
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  • eng
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
  • Purposefully imitating Voltaire's classic Candide, another dark comedy which derives its humour from life's tragedies, Habiby's The Secret of Saeed the Pessoptimist is a classic of Arab literature. The story of Saeed, a Palestinian who becomes a citizen of Israel, is a story of fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy.
  • Amazing story from a most unconventional perspective. An entertaining and thought-provoking classic.A" Kirkus Review
Biographical or historical data
Emile Habiby was a Palestinian-Israeli writer and politician. He decided to stay in Israel after the Arab-Israeli war in 1948 and founded the Israeli Communist Party.
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UK-WkNB
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Habibi, Imil
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AF
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no index present
Literary form
novels
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  • Jayyusi, Salma
  • Gassick, Trevor Le
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  • Jewish-Arab relations
  • Palestinian Arabs
  • General
  • Fiction in Translation
Summary expansion
Purposefully imitating Voltaire's classic Candide, another dark comedy which derives its humour from life's tragedies, Habiby's The Secret of Saeed the Pessoptimist is a classic of Arab literature. The story of Saeed, a Palestinian who becomes a citizen of Israel, is a story of fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy. At once a comic hero and luckless fool, his life is full of terror, aggression, resistence and heroism. As an informer for the Zionist state, Saeed's stupidity, candour and cowardice make him more the victim than a villain; but in a series of tragicomic episodes, blundering from disaster to disaster, he is slowly transformed from gullible collaborator into a Palestinian intent on survival. The novel, informed by the author's own experience in Israeli politics, is both biting and funny. The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist was named in the top ten novels set in the Arab world by The Guardian in 2010, won the Al-Quds Prize in Palestine in 1992 and The Israel Prize for Literature, awarded by the State of Israel. It is the only novel to have the top literary award in both countries
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general
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The secret life of Saeed the pessoptimist, Imil Habibi; Translated by Salma Jayyusi, Trevor Le Gassick
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Publication
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Paperback. With flaps
Control code
9781906697266
Dimensions
19x13x2 cm.
Extent
234 p.
Isbn
9781906697266
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The secret life of Saeed the pessoptimist, Imil Habibi; Translated by Salma Jayyusi, Trevor Le Gassick
Publication
Note
Paperback. With flaps
Control code
9781906697266
Dimensions
19x13x2 cm.
Extent
234 p.
Isbn
9781906697266
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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