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ISBN:
1933633611
Author:
Samir El-Youssef
Category:
Genre Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Melville House (September 9, 2008)
Pages:
147 pages
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Praise for Samir El-Youssef's The Illusion of Return

Praise for Samir El-Youssef's The Illusion of Return. poignant and evocative. El-Youssef is unflinchingly critical of aspects of his societ. he novel attempts to reveal a more complex human reality behind the smokescreen of tales of heroism and martyrdom. A nuanced, thought-provoking look at this world, free of easy, political answers.

The Illusion of Return book. The Contemporary Art of the Novella series is designed to highlight work by major authors from around the world. In most instances, as with Imre Kertész, it showcases work never before published; in others, books are reprised that should never have gone out of print. It is intended that the series feature many well-known authors and some exciting new discoveries.

Contemporary Art of the Novella. The nameless narrator of this startling novella believed himself to be under no illuson: a Palestinian refugee, he had escaped the deadly tumult of Lebanon-the roving militias and endlessly complicated religious violence-by having long ago fled to London. He knew he could never go back

Samir El-Youssef, a Palestinian, was born in Rashidia, a refugee camp in Lebanon and has lived in London since 1990.

Samir El-Youssef, a Palestinian, was born in Rashidia, a refugee camp in Lebanon and has lived in London since 1990. The Illusion of Return is his first novel in English.

I could no longer resign myself to the idea that the past was unreal. He knew he could never go back.

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I could no longer resign myself to the idea that the past was unreal.The nameless narrator of this startling novella believed himself to be under no illuson: a Palestinian refugee, he had escaped the deadly tumult of Lebanon—the roving militias and endlessly complicated religious violence—by having long ago fled to London. He knew he could never go back. But then one day an old friend who had also escaped calls him and asks to meet at the airport on a stop-over on his way back to Lebanon. For the narrator, it summons up everything he thought he had suppressed, both the yearning to go home and the secret reason he can't. Thus the reunion with his old friend becomes, for the narrator, a disturbing confrnotation. And as they plunge into diverging memories—his friend's frighteningly unreal, his own even more frighteningly too real—The Illusion of Return becomes a revealing and moving study of extremism and its brutalizing effect not only on nations but on the intimate lives of the individuals it touches.The Contemporary Art of the Novella series is designed to highlight work by major authors from around the world. In most instances, as with Imre Kertész, it showcases work never before published; in others, books are reprised that should never have gone out of print. It is intended that the series feature many well-known authors and some exciting new discoveries. And as with the original series, The Art of the Novella, each book is a beautifully packaged and inexpensive volume meant to celebrate the form and its practitioners.
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This 150-page novella could well be transposed into a stageplay, for the action is limited chiefly to a small cast of characters sitting together in a cafe and talking. They have ideas and stories to tell, there is conflict between them, and the revelations are paced in much the same way as a drama in which we gradually come to know the crisis points in each of their lives. Set in Beirut during the occupation of Lebanon by the Israelis in the 1980s, the novel is a blend of politics and the personal, remembered in flashback by the narrator years later and in another city and another country.

The narrative captures something of the anxiety felt among people living in a city under siege - where there is a high-risk mix of informers, collaborators, an occupying army, resistance fighters, and militias. It also captures nicely how people's daily lives and their relationships with one another carry on - for better or worse - despite these surroundings.

Three lives are lost during the telling of the story, all casualties of political differences resulting from the collision of two people's "right of return" - the Israelis and the displaced Palestinians. For the narrator, now living in London, there is something of a resolution of his mixed feelings about the past in a story relayed to him from a Polish Jew by a friend now living in America - as they meet to talk once more, this time in a cafe at Heathrow Airport. The book takes a little patience, as it unfolds rather slowly, but the ending is worth the wait.
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The narrator of this novella is a Palestinian who emigrated from war stricken 1980s Lebanon to London, who receives a phone call from a long lost friend who has also emigrated, to the United States, and wishes to meet with him during a layover at Heathrow Airport on his way back to Lebanon. They haven't spoken to each other or returned to Lebanon after a tragic day that deeply affected both men and their families.

The book's title refers not only to the narrator's belief that it is an illusion that Palestinians can return to their former homes, but also to the impossibility of accurately reexamining memories of the past. It is very well written, and the author, who grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, gives us a vivid portrayal of the complexity of life in wartime Lebanon, and the pain and isolation that is a daily experience of its exiles.