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The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist
Emile Habiby, translated by Salma K Jayyusi and Trevor Le Gassick
Purposefully imitating Voltaire's classic Candide, another dark comedy which derives its humour from life's tragedies, Habiby's The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist is a classic of Arab literature. Saeed's, 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, we hear of a life of terror, aggression, resistance and heroism.
ISBN 13: 9781906697266 | ISBN 10: 1906697264
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