180 Sunsets

Hassan Daoud

There are no cemeteries in Zahraniya, as the novel's protagonist discovers one day after 20 years of living there. In 180 Sunsets (Dar Al-Saqi, Beirut, 2009), Lebanese author Hassan Daoud takes the Arabic novel in a new direction by focusing on details which are normally overlooked or ignored. Daoud's descriptive and contemplative prose quietly delves into its subject, but the patient reader will soon discover the heated emotions and simmering violence beneath the 'objective' surface.


2010 Longlist