An unnecessary woman rabih alameddine follows his bestseller the hakawati with a heartrending novel that celebrates the singular life of an obsessive introvert revealing beiruts beauties and horrors along the way aaliya saleh lives alone in her beirut apartment surrounded by stockpiles of books. An unnecessary woman by rabih alameddine reviewed by arlene yedid an unnecessary woman is a unique novel that tells the story of a cynical woman who exits on her own termsin her beloved city of beirut at 72 aaliya has few fond remembrances having chosen a solitary existance. An unnecessary woman book read 1559 reviews from the worlds largest community for readers one of beiruts most celebrated voices rabih alameddine fo. An unnecessary woman is the fourth novel by jordanian born lebanese author rabih alameddine aaliya sobhi is an elderly divorced woman living alone in an apartment in beirut for fifty years she has translated novels into arabic usually starting a new book on the first of january and packing the finished work away sealed in a crate never . With an unnecessary woman rabih alameddine has accomplished something astonishing a novel that is at once expansive and intimate quiet and full of feeling aaliya is one of the more memorable characters in contemporary fiction and every page of this extraordinary novel demands to be savored and re readdaniel alarcn
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