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The Parisian

Narrated by: Fiona Button
Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Parisian, written by Isabella Hammad, read by Fiona Button.

As the First World War shatters families, destroys friendships and kills lovers, a young Palestinian dreamer sets out to find himself.

Midhat Kamal picks his way across a fractured world, from the shifting politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of Montpelier and a newly tumultuous Paris. He discovers that everything is fragile: love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong.

Isabella Hammad delicately unpicks the tangled politics and personal tragedies of a turbulent era - the Palestinian struggle for independence, the strife of the early 20th century and the looming shadow of the Second World War. 

An intensely human story amidst a global conflict, The Parisian is historical fiction with a remarkable contemporary voice.

©2019 Isabella Hammad (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"The Parisian is a sublime reading experience: delicate, restrained, surpassingly intelligent, uncommonly poised and truly beautiful. Isabella Hammad is an enormous talent and her book is a wonder." (Zadie Smith)

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moving and touching, engaging a history and love.

loved it, the performance was very successful and emotional where it should. thanks Fiona 💚

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Hooray for dialectical texturing of our oast

Brilliant, beautiful hopeful and inspiring: let there be as many Parisians as there are countries in our unexplored world! Yay!

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  • Keron
  • 30-09-19

Endure it if you must

Long drawn out story told in tedious detail with fortune cookie wisdom in the last 10 minutes. Either the setting or the conflict around middle eastern wars would need to be of interest to you to endure it.