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Gurbet'ten Sonra By Matthew Lundin
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The novel is based on a medieval genre of Arabic literature called the maqamat. It is a literary form that uses rhymed prose, as well as the constant interjection of Quranic allusions, poetic verses,... More > and idioms taken from the Middle East. It is a series of episodes in which a wandering narrator is tricked by a mysterious charlatan. In this maqamat, the narrator has recently returned from a long period of living abroad (a Gurbet) and is adjusting to life in New York. As a maqamat, the novel makes abundant use of allusions,quotes and wordplay taken from Middle Eastern literature and languages, which are explained throughout the book using footnotes. The plot itself is an allusion, albeit in reverse, to the common theme of a protagonist's return from West to East after time spent abroad in pursuit of an education, and the challenge of mediating their new modern identity with the homeland to which they've returned. It also has a part where the narrator birddogs chics from Staten Island using pre-islamic poetry< Less

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Our World Our World By Deleah Payne
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