The Hakawati

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The Hakawati ("storyteller" in Arabic) is a novel written by Rabih Alameddine and published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2008. The novel explores Lebanese families and cultures, and was well received by critics.[1][2][3]

Plot summary

Set in 2003, a young man travels from Los Angeles, California to his father's death-bed in Beirut, Lebanon. He and relatives share contemporary stories and parables during the vigil.[4]


  • Afreet Jehanam
  • Baybars
  • Elie
  • Farid al-Kharrat
  • Fatima
  • Ismail
  • Lina
  • Mariella
  • Osama al-Kharrat
  • Othman
  • Uncle Jihad


  1. ^ Jarrar, Randa. "Rabih Alameddine's "The Hakawati" - Words Without Borders". Words Without Borders. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  2. ^ "The Pull of the 'Hakawati'". Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  3. ^ "The Hakawati, by Rabih Alameddine". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  4. ^ Adams, Lorraine (2008-05-18). "The Hakawati - Rabih Alameddine - Book Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-22.

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