A powerful first novel that engages the tumultuous events of today: at once an intimate portrait of a group of young Arab Muslims living in the United States, and the story of one man’s journey into–and out of–violence.We first meet Aziz Arkoun as a 24-year-old stowaway–frozen, hungry, his perceptions jammed by a language he can’t understand or speak. After 52 days in the hold of a tanker from Alg...
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (August 24, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
Amazon Rank: 924804
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I loved this novel. Having lived in North Africa for several years, I didn't believe the novelist could pull this off, but she does-- the cultural and linguistic details are stunningly accurate. The novel is suspenseful and well-paced; I couldn't put...
mps into the icy waters of Boston harbor and swims to shore. Seemingly rescued from isolation by Algerians he knew as a child, he instead finds himself in a world of disillusionment, duplicity, and stolen identities, living a raw comedy of daily survival not unlike what he fled back home.As the story of Aziz and his friends unfolds–moving from the hardscrabble neighborhoods of East Boston and Brooklyn to a North African army camp–Harbor makes vivid the ambiguities of these men’s past and present lives: burying a murdered girl in the Sahara; reading medieval Persian poetry on a bus, passing for Mexican; shoplifting Versace for clubbing, succumbing to sex in a public library; impersonating a double agent. But when Aziz begins to suspect that he and his friends are under surveillance, all assumptions–his and ours–dissolve in an urgent, mesmerizing complexity.And as Harbor races to its explosive conclusion, it compels us to question the questions it raises: Who are theterrorists? Can we recognize them? How do they live?A debut novel as evocative as it is convincing–a groundbreaking work that announces a fearless new voice in American fiction.