My translation of Hassan Daoud’s novel is reviewed in today’s Daily Star. A snippet:
Adolescence suspends and sustains that space – beautifully depicted in a single, exquisite, nearly Hemingway-esque chapter in which all the boys head to the beach on a day off from the bakery for the eid – but it is clearly diminishing as the novel unfolds. Daoud’s book is both a dramatically spare coming of age story and a poignant account of a young man entering into class consciousness – and all the sad, retreating horizons of possibility that such a process entails.
Read the full review here.