Death of a Monk

Death of a Monk By Alon Hilu Evan Fallenberg are Book Alon Hilu Evan Fallenberg Is a well known author some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the

Death of a Monk By Alon Hilu Evan Fallenberg are Book Alon Hilu Evan Fallenberg Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Death of a Monk book, this is one of the most wanted Alon Hilu Evan Fallenberg author readers around the world. . Amid the bustling marketplaces of a rich and vibrant Damascus, where the dark alleyways teem with fear and hostility, Hilu unfolds a story charged with emotional and sexual conflict in this powerful literary tour de force from a unique new voice at times wickedly funny, at others painfully sad, but beautifully told throughout.. Popular Books Death of a Monk Finding this book at all was something of a happy accident, since I’d never even heard of the author, let alone the title. This isn’t really surprising as Hilu is an Israeli writer and Death of a Monk was translated from Hebrew by an American scholar. Browsing the shelves of an Aladdin’s cave of a second-hand book shop in London’s Soho district, I thought the title looked intriguing and pulled the book out for a closer look. Straight away the blurb caught my eye, with various euphemisms for gay content: ‘close friendship with another boy’, ‘all is not as it seems’, ‘ill-advised relationship’. That said, nothing about the blurb or the cover prepared me for this book. The artwork and the quotes, including one calling the work ‘gleefully bawdy’ from The Tablet, led me to expect a Gordon Merrick-style romp, but the book is much, much more than that. It tells the story, in his own words, of Aslan Farhi, a young Jewish man growing up in 1840s Damascus, whose actions led to a ‘blood libel’ against the Jewish community who were accused of murdering a Christian monk.Heavily based on fact, the book brings to life a period of history I knew nothing about. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Damascus had come under the rule of the rebel, Christian, Egyptian ruler Muhammad Ali. In the century before the foundation of the Israeli state when Jews were still scattered across the Middle East, Moslems, Christians and Jews lived cheek-by-jowl in the city, each with their own ‘quarter’ but mingling on a daily basis. Under the surface, though, the old tensions still ran deep and when the monk Tomaso and his manservant disappeared, it led to claims and counter-claims, betrayals and accusations, between and even within the various faiths.The most noticeable thing about the book is its style. Hilu uses florid, almost poetic language. Here in the West writers are told not to let their voice get in the way of the story, yet Hilu does just that. Every noun has at least one adjective, tenses switch with confusing regularity, and Aslan himself hops between first and third person point of view, sometimes in the space of a single sentence. And oh! – those sentences! Some of them go on for years! Towards the end I was starting to find it tiresome and to wish that Hilu would just ’shut up and get on with it’ as the story of the libel unfolded. There are even frequent authorly interruptions of the ‘dear reader’ kind. These are explained at the end, in a neat twist, but I couldn’t help thinking the explanation would have been helpful earlier on. The style does, though, give the book a lyrical, almost biblical feel and some of the imagery is stunning:"...I thought about those persons I was leaving behind, and they are now buried in the pages of this book, alive one minute and frozen the next, trapped inside a short description, a fistful of words, their fate bound and sealed until a reader brings them to life..."Homosexuality forms an ongoing theme, as Aslan struggles to come to terms with his ‘different’ nature, his forced marriage, his distaste for his wife and his attraction to other men. His confusion – even fear – is strongly portrayed, at times bordering on melodrama, but I think that’s necessary to explain some of his more extreme actions. He’s a man in torment from the first pages of the book. There are sex scenes and some of these are surprisingly explicit for a mainstream book – the author isn’t afraid of calling a testicle a testicle. They are, however, always couched in the same very poetic language.Overall, Death of a Monk is a strange book, but one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. It throws light on a fascinating episode in history, and not just on the ‘Damascus Blood Libel’ itself but also on a Middle Eastern way of life which has probably vanished for ever. It’s entertaining, it’s earthy, it contains flashes of gallows humour, and above all it’s a compelling read. The style may be peculiar at times, at least to our eyes, but I believe it adds to the atmosphere. The translator has done an excellent job maintaining Hilu’s authorial voice; lose that and it would be like rewriting the Song of Solomon as a particularly tedious newspaper report!

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  1. Finding this book at all was something of a happy accident, since I d never even heard of the author, let alone the title This isn t really surprising as Hilu is an Israeli writer and Death of a Monk was translated from Hebrew by an American scholar Browsing the shelves of an Aladdin s cave of a second hand book shop in London s Soho district, I thought the title looked intriguing and pulled the book out for a closer look Straight away the blurb caught my eye, with various euphemisms for gay con [...]



  2. I am not entirely sure how I feel or what I think about this book.The particular historical events of the Damascus blood libel in 1840 has been an interest of mine for years I was excited and curious to read his interpretation in the form of historical friction The historical events were woven into the fiction quite well The beginning was well done, but at some point the author lost me The characters were not believable I kept stopping myself in a middle of an event the protagonist was immersed [...]


  3. I listened to an audio version of this book, read by the author himself, he did a nice job.He also did a nice job compiling the historical facts into a quite interesting book however, I didn t quite fancy the fictional parts which seemed like taking it a bit too far and I found the main character too full with self hatred all in all, I enjoyed the beginning and the closing and the writing was fine.







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