Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury, Humphrey Davies

By Elias Khoury, Humphrey Davies

Translated through Humphrey Davies

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Drawing at the tales he amassed from refugee camps over the process decades, Elias Khoury's epic novel Gate of the solar has been referred to as the 1st magnum opus of the Palestinian saga.

Yunes, an getting older Palestinian freedom fighter, lies in a coma. holding vigil on the previous man's bedside is his religious son, Khalil, who nurses Yunes, refusing to confess that his hero could by no means regain realization. Like a modern day Scheherazade, Khalil relates the tale of Palestinian exile whereas additionally recalling Yunes's personal amazing lifestyles and his love for his spouse, whom he meets secretly through the years at Bab al-Shams, the Gate of the Sun.

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You’d open your bloodshot eyes, and I’d close them for you, because leaving them open endangers the cornea. The eye is not a mirror, it’s a network of mirrors that must not be exposed to the air for too long or it’s ruined. I focused all my attention on your eyes so that you wouldn’t lose your sight. Because in those early days, I was certain that you would awaken from that sleep. The strange thing is that, on the fourth day, when your temperature fell and you were lying quietly, I felt very afraid.

But now, can you believe it, now, after years and years, when I look at the face of the moon, I see my father’s face, stained with blood. My mother said they killed him, left him in a heap at the door and left. She said he fell in a heap as though he weren’t a man but a sack. And when she went over to him, she didn’t see him. They took him and buried him in secret in the Martyrs’ Cemetery. ” I used to look and not see, but I wouldn’t say. Now I see, but what am I supposed to say? Get up and look at the face of the moon!

If you don’t see colors, that means you’re not in blackness but in a place we don’t know. Aren’t you afraid of what you don’t know? You said you didn’t fear death and that you knew fear only once, when you were living with the dead in the olive grove. You said that men die from fear, that fear is what is down below. Are you “down below”? What do you see? “It’s a matter of arithmetic,” you told me. “We are afraid because we live in illusion, since life is a long dream. People fear death, but they really should be frightened of what goes on before being born.

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