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9781400042333 / 140004233X

Harbor

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Publisher:Knopf, 2004

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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About the book:

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 mans journey intoand out ofviolence.
We first meet Aziz Arkoun as a 24-year-old stowawayfrozen, hungry, his perceptions jammed by a language he cant understand or speak. After 52 days in the hold of a tanker from Algeria, he jumps 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 unfoldsmoving from the hardscrabble neighborhoods of East Boston and Brooklyn to a North African army camp Harbor makes vivid the ambiguities of these mens 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 assumptionshis and oursdissolve in an urgent, mesmerizing complexity.

And as Harbor races to its explosive conclusion, it compels us to question the questions it raises: Who are the
terrorists? Can we recognize them? How do they live?

A debut novel as evocative as it is convincinga groundbreaking work that announces a fearless new voice in American fiction.
 

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