The International Book Center in downtown Cairo will discuss the winning novel of the 2012 Arabic Booker prize, The Druze of Belgrade, by Lebanese author Rabee Jaber, on Friday 4 Nov, at 6:00pm.
The Druze of Belgrade draws from the history of the writer’s birthplace. He tells the story of Druze fighters exiled from Lebanon after the bloody Mount Lebanon civil war of 1860 between Christians and Druze. The novel opens when a Christian man, Hanna Jacobs, is captured along with the exiled Druze in a case of mistaken identity.
Rabee Jaber was born in 1972 in Lebanon and originally studied physics at the American University in Beirut. In 1992 at the age of 20, he published his first novel, Sayed Al-Atma (Master of Darkness), which earned him the Al-Naqid magazine prize. Three years later he released his second novel, Shay Aswad (Black Tea), a novel that carried many of his key ideas which he would develop in later works.
Friday, 4 Nov, 6:00pm
International Book Center