By | June 27, 2017
Guapa Author Saleem Haddad
ISBN-10 1590517695
ISBN-13 9781590517697
Year 2016-03-08
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Other Press
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A debut novel that tells the story of Rasa a young gay man coming of age in the Middle East Set over the course of twenty four hours Guapafollows Rasa a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country as he tries to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and social upheaval Rasa spends his days translating for Western journalists and pining for the nights when he can sneak his lover Taymour into his room One night Rasa s grandmotherthe woman who raised himcatches them in bed together The following day Rasa is consumed by the search for his best friend Maj a fiery activist and drag queen star of the underground bar Guapa who has been arrested by the police Ashamed to go home and face his grandmother and reeling from the potential loss of the three most important people in his life Rasa roams the citys slums and prisons the lavish weddings of the countrys elite and the bars where outcasts and intellectuals drink to a long lost revolution Each new encounter leads him closer to confronting his own identity as he revisits his childhood and probes the secrets that haunt his family As Rasa confronts the simultaneous collapse of political hope and his closest personal relationships he is forced to discover the roots of his alienation and try to re emerge into a society that may never accept him

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