The Journey to Tell Al-Lahm
Najem Wali

The Journey to Tell Al-Lahm

translated by Imke Ahlf-Wien
Details about the book
  • date of publication: 10.09.2004
  • 320 Pages
  • Hanser Verlag
  • hardcover
  • ISBN 978-3-446-20538-3
  • Deutschland: 21,50 €
  • Österreich: 22,10 €

Najem returns from the Kuwaiti front to bad news. The woman-next-door tells him his wife has run off with her husband. She persuades him to travel with her to the mysterious town of Tell al-Lahm (»Mountain of Meat«), a thousand miles away. On the way, Najem Wali reveals the history and secret longings of his protagonists – and the face of a country scarred by dictatorship and two terrible wars.

»Wali has written a quick-paced, burlesque road movie of a novel, praising the intensity of life in times of trouble.« (Die ZEIT)

»Despite the very real setting, some of these stories seem fantastic and fairy-tale-like, as if taken from "1001 Nights".« (Süddeutsche Zeitung )


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