The Stone of Laughter (Paperback)
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The Stone of Laughter is a virile novel which brings forth the contradictory history of a city under fire through the life and dilemmas of a gay man. It is a bold and radical novel, full of black humor and cynical observations about life in war-torn Beirut. Written sensitively, and without a trace of sentimentality or political propaganda, The Stone of Laughter shook the Arab readers' preconceptions about women's writing and questioned the necessity of political affiliation for Arab authors.
Hoda Barakat lived through the worst years of the civil war in Lebanon. She is the author of Visitors, a collection of short stories. The Stone of Laughter, her first novel, won the prestigious Al-Naqid Award in 1990. She now lives in Paris.