The Year of the Revolutionary New Bread-making Machine
By (author) Hassan Daoud
Year of the Revolutionary New Bread-making Machine by Hassan Daoud
Book DescriptionIt's bustling 1960s Beirut, and our young protagonist spends his days in his father and uncle's bakery, admiring the female customers, observing the many colourful characters, and listening in on fascinating grown-up conversations about everything from jaundice to the occult. The rest of the time he's off with his friends, learning to smoke and spying on women. For the men in the bakery life is starkly different. Working endless shifts in the furious heat of the old bread oven, they fantasize about escape. Mohammed sings all day long in his beautiful tenor voice, while others lean exhausted on sacks of flour and dream of becoming wrestlers. When his father acquires the revolutionary new bread-making machine, the workers struggle to adapt to the changed conditions, and one by one their dreams fade into oblivion...
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846590269
(200mm x 130mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Telegram Books
Publisher: Saqi Books
Publish Date: 23-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Hassan Daoud
Hassan Daoud is chief editor of Nawafez, the cultural supplement for Al Mustaqbal Daily in Beirut. He has also served as cultural editor and contributor to other Lebanese national newspapers. His novels include House of Mathilde (Granta, Actes Sud), The Penguin's Song and Added Days (both Lenos).
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