Sitt Marie-Rose: A Novel / Edition 5 available in Paperback
Fiction. Translated from the French by Georgina Kleege. SITT MARIE ROSE, an SPD bestseller, is the story of a woman abducted by militiamen during the civil war in Lebanon. Already a classic of war literature, it won the France-Pays Arabes award in Paris and has been translated into six languages.
|Publisher:||Post-Apollo Press, The|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Etel Adnan was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1925, the daughter of a Greek Christian from Smyrna and a high- ranking Ottoman officer from Damascus. Her work as a whole is a faithful record of the times and places she has lived in Beirut, Paris, and in the San Francisco Bay Area. At least eighteen works by Adnan have been published in English. They include SITT MARIE ROSE (Post-Apollo Press, 1982); THE ARAB APOCALYPSE (Post-Apollo Press, 1989); SEA AND FOG (Nightboat Books, 2012), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and the California Book Award for Poetry; and PREMONITION (Kelsey Street Press, 2014). Nightboat Books published the 2-volume set, TO LOOK AT THE SEA IS TO BECOME WHAT ONE IS: AN ETEL ADNAN READER, in 2014. In 2011, Adnan received Small Press Traffic's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her paintings, described by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith as "stubbornly radiant abstractions," have been widely exhibited, most recently at Documenta 13 and in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Spanning media and genres, Adnan's writings have led to numerous collaborations with artists and musicians, including the French part of CIVIL WarS, a multi-language opera by American stage director Robert Wilson, performed in Lyon and Bobigny in 1985.
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Sitt Marie-Rose based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Lebanese Civil War.This is a really hard book to review without falling into one or other camp of the war.Personally I have heard a lot about the Israeli / Palestinian conflict, but the part played by Lebanon, who hosted great influxes of refugees, has been less widely publicised. While many issues had been burning below the surface, this sudden onslaught, no doubt had its part to play in the subsequent civil war of Lebanon.This little book, only 105 pages, is written by a woman, now 87 yrs old, and highlights the mindless cruelty of the conflict. She shows the men as hunters in peace-time, who take to war with the same ferocity. The target in this story is Sitt Marie Rose, a peace-loving woman who crosses cultural and religous barriers to help the refugees.We know from the information on the back, that this book is based on a true story. We also know that Sitt Marie Rose died for her cause, brutally murdered by a Christian sect who felt she had defected.The author, in interview, states that the victim was well known and well loved in Lebanon and that people recognised her in the book. I was therefore reading while knowing the final outcome - just the when and how remained to be discovered.I was interested in the central premise. What let it down for me - and hence the low rating - was the strange style in which the book is written. We are frequently unsure as to who is speaking. Time is not linear - SMR dies several times in the book, narrated by several people involved - yet we are left to deduce who. Even the politics involved were confusing to the outsider. It made for an interesting book group discussion but left the book a bit empty for the solitary reader.A very different read that would benefit from some prior knowledge by the reader.
This is definitely one of the most unique novels I've read this year. Marie Rose is an Arab Christian with facial features that could pass for European, all of which wins her acceptance in a number of Lebanon's tightly knit ethnic and religious communities. When Civil War breaks out in 1975, her humanitarian activities in Palestinian refugee camps inflames fellow Christians, leading to her capture by the army. The book is told from a variety of points of view, but the characters speaking are rarely identified overtly. Both the dialogue and exposition are dense with metaphor, allusion and existential debate. The writer adds further layers of complexity by never allowing us to see outside each narrator's narrow point of view, so it's hard to figure out what, if anything, is actually a fact. All of these things demonstrate how dehumanizing and primitive warfare and tribal affiliation truly is.This is an engaging and thought-provoking book, but don't read it until you're in the mood for something intellectual. At 100 pages, you could swallow it in one sitting but if you want to understand, you'll need to read slowly and possibly more than once. Recommended for readers with a strong interest in the Middle East and readers who can appreciate a book that's more about ideas than characters.