Voices of the Lost: A Novel (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) (Paperback)

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By Hoda Barakat, Marilyn Booth (Translated by)
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Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, this novel weaves together a series of devastating confessions about life in contemporary Arab society

“Barakat isn't writing about ‘the immigrant.’ She's writing about the human.”—Rumaan Alam, 4columns

“Spare and deep, Voices of the Lost captivates. Hoda Barakat is one of Lebanon's greatest gifts to literature, and Booth allows her English audience to explore this painful and irresistible present.”—Amy Bloom, author of White Houses

This profound and disturbing novel by acclaimed Lebanese author Hoda Barakat tells the story of characters living on the periphery, battling with poverty, and fighting their own demons.
 
Set in an unnamed, war-torn country, the novel consists of six letters—all intercepted by unintended recipients, all of whom are compelled to write their own letters of confession. An undocumented immigrant writes his former lover. A woman in a hotel writes a man from her past. An escaped torturer recounts his crimes to his mother. A former prostitute writes to her brother. A young queer man recounts to his estranged father his partner’s battle with AIDS. Finally, the mailman leaves his own note. Incisive, troubling and deeply human, this is an urgent story of lives intimately woven together in a society that is tearing itself apart.

About the Author


Hoda Barakat has published five novels and two plays. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. She currently lives in Paris. Marilyn Booth is professor of Arabic languages and literature at Magdalen College, Oxford.

Praise For…


“The tragedies in Voices of the Lost are agonizing . . . [a] searing prizewinner.”—Madeleine Thien, The Guardian

“Voices of the Lost belongs with the most exemplary fiction of our contemporary diasporas, striving to match the new tragedy with a new form.”—John Domini, Brooklyn Rail

“Spare and deep, Voices of the Lost captivates. Hoda Barakat is one of Lebanon's greatest gifts to literature, and Booth allows her English audience to explore this painful and irresistible present.”—Amy Bloom, author of White Houses

“Marilyn Booth effortlessly captures the ache, incomprehension, and longing in Hoda Barakat’s spare and luminous prose. Barakat is without doubt one of the most important and gifted novelists writing today—as a translator, Booth is every bit her equal.”—Shawkat M. Toorawa, translator of Adonis: A Time Between Ashes and Roses 

“Hoda Barakat is one of the most versatile and innovative novelists in the Arab world. Here, in a fugue of undelivered letters, she etches the portraits of a series of existential refugees, lost between countries, languages, and lives.”—Marilyn Hacker, author of Blazons

"A subversive novel that examines sorrow, longing, violence, kindness, and compassion. The places may be named, but the protagonists are nameless. We love them because they are us."—Fady Joudah, author of Tethered to Stars

Voices of the Lost . . . stands out for its condensed economy of language, narrative structure, and capacity to convey the inner workings of human beings.”—Charafdine Majdouline, Chair of Judges, International Prize for Arabic Fiction



Product Details
ISBN: 9780300255263
ISBN-10: 0300255268
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: March 2nd, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: The Margellos World Republic of Letters