Elias Khoury

Gate of the Sun
  • Gate of the Sun

  • In a makeshift hospital in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Yunis, an aging Palestinian freedom fighter, lies in a coma. His spiritual son Dr Khaleel ­­- who has no real medical qualifications - nurses the older man, refusing to admit that his hero may never regain consciousness.

    In an attempt to revive his patient, Khaleel, begins telling Yunis the stories of their people's exile in Lebanon. He evokes deserted peasant villages, the suffering caused by the Lebanese civil war and the refugees' hopes to return home with a subtle mixture of anger and compassion. Khaleel also narrates Yunis' own extraordinary life.

    Interweaving many true-life tales collected throughout Lebanon and its refugee camps over the course of seven years, Elias Khoury has created a monumental and spellbinding saga.

Elias Khoury was born in Lebanon in 1948. Editor-in-Chief of the cultural pages of the daily newspaper Al-Nahar and professor of Arabic literature at New York University, he is the author of eleven novels. In 2000, he was awarded the most prestigious Palestinian literary prize for Gate of the Sun. Elias Khoury is regarded as one of the best Arabic writers of his generation.

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