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Fiction. Translated from the French by Georgina Kleege, SITT MARIE ROSE is an extraordinary novel on the Civil War in Lebanon. A small press bestseller, now in its ninth edition, it is the story of a woman abducted by militiamen during the civil war in Lebanon. Already a classic of war literature, it won the France-Pays Arabes award in Paris and has been translated into teFiction. Translated from the French by Georgina Kleege, SITT MARIE ROSE is an extraordinary novel on the Civil War in Lebanon. A small press bestseller, now in its ninth edition, it is the story of a woman abducted by militiamen during the civil war in Lebanon. Already a classic of war literature, it won the France-Pays Arabes award in Paris and has been translated into ten languages. It has been taught as part of Comparative Literature, World Literature, Women's Studies and Middle East Studies curricula at more than thirty universities and colleges in the U.S....

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  • Ellen
    2019-03-13 18:57

    This is a beautifully written take on the senseless, chaotic and incredibly violent war in Lebanon. What surprised me was the author's ability to to make such a complex piece of history read so simply. The similarities between this story and Syria's current conflict are a terrible reminder of why this book matters.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-04 16:58

    (I read the book, not the ebook, but that edition is not available to post.) Beautifully written and wrenching novel based on the true story of a woman in Beirut during the Civil War who ran a school for deaf children. She was kidnapped at a checkpoint, interrogated and killed because of her work with Palestinian refugees and her commitment to social, rather than tribal, justice.

  • Sarah Harakeh
    2019-03-06 16:00

    I felt shocked after reading the first few pages because of the amount of racism displayed. But then after reading more pages, I figured how the style of the book works and understood that it is not actually racist. It is just too much realistic, especially for a Lebanese, to accept it when we are trying to forget a cruel difficult part of our history. The book tells a true story that happened in the civil war, and unfortunately the cruel unbelievable events and racism in the book actually happened in the past. Unfortunately, some of this racism still live till our present days, no matter how much we try to live in denial towards this sensitive subject. Each character in the book represents actual personalities of people who lived during the civil war in Lebanon. This book is very powerful and essential to be read, for to get over our past we have to first accept it.

  • Amira Hanafi
    2019-02-23 19:03

    Shifting, multiple points of view give different perspectives on war in lebanon, late 1970s, all distinctly colored by adnan's fierce anger at religious justifications for brutal violence.

  • Kate
    2019-03-12 14:42

    Powerful anti-war book by a Lebanese writer. If I were putting together a war literature class, I would include this on my syllabus for sure.

  • Jean Grant
    2019-03-21 17:43

    I read this novel about five years ago and still remember how visceral the experience was. Etel Adnan is a brilliant writer.

  • Gabriella Anton
    2019-03-10 13:05

    "My eyes are like plants that open during the day and close at night. I begin to wish that two rockets would pass through my head leaving me intact... that's what it means. Everything becomes primitive.""But me, I say to them, I am absolute order. I am absolute power. I am absolute efficiency. I've reduced all truths to a formula of life and death.""And how not to get as a whiplash the memory of that one day, when shaking hands to say goodbye, our hands stuck together, sending a current of hot blood through our veins? They remained clasped in one another and I could no longer distinguish my fingers from his, or his breath from mine, and he put his mouth in my hair, and left running.""I want to say forever and ever that the sea is beautiful, even more so since the blood washed down by the greedy rain opened reddening roads into the sea. Its only in it, in its immemorial blue, that the blood of all is finally mixed.""It is the explosion of absolute darkness among us. What can one to in this black Feast but dance? The deaf-mutes rise, and moved in the rhythm of falling bombs their bodies receive from the trembling earth, they begin to dance."

  • Rachel
    2019-03-22 12:07

    Possibly one of the most powerful, passionate works of fiction I have ever read. Adnan's Sitt Marie Rose is both an attack and an interrogation of her own history, her own identity, just as much as it is an attack on the tribal and religious justifications for the violence and terror of the civil war in Lebanon. She rails against an Islam that forgets "the divine mercy affirmed by the first verse of the Koran... human mercy" and a Christianity in Lebanon that's "not in communion with any force other than the Dragon." It is these two forces that she sees at work in the conflict, supported by fear and tribalism, or as she puts it, "idolatry towards the group you belong to." She sets up the opening discussion of making a film with Mounir to carefully show us what she is about to do in part 2, which is create the text he should have made, that she would have made, and it is here that we see her ambivalent feelings towards Lebanon, towards Arabia, towards her own people, towards herself. I don't want to ruin it for you, but this is ragingly feminist and intellectually pacifist all at once, and I highly recommend it!

  • Sara
    2019-03-04 17:46

    Set during the Lebanese Civil War, the story tells of a woman who abducted and killed. Each chapter changes narrators, often without informing you who is speaking, and comes across as stream-of-thought style with the events around them. I found this chaotic style exemplified the chaotic nature of the world around the characters.

  • Longfeng
    2019-03-10 13:10

    Martin Luther infamously said that he wished the Book of Esther be tossed into the murkiest depths of the Elbe and hoped that light should never shine upon it, a sentiment that, if applied to this book, I would agree wholeheartedly. This novel, if it can be called that, is, without doubt, one of the most vile piece of writing to ever be wrought by any hands, and no amount of fire, not even the eternal furnance of hell, would suffice to rid the world of the evils of this book. I can hardly read a page without wanting to cast the book off in irritation, everything in it is hateful, from the constant, psuedo-poetic and vacuous passages, whole pages conveying nothing but a single thought that could have been expressed in a single sentence, to the eponymous character, the stupidest and most disgusting creature that any novelist could pen. When she was first kidnapped, I had hope that the fanatic, Mr Mounir or whatever, I wished that he would just kill her, so we wouldn't have need to deal with her for the next hundred pages. She is beautiful, passionate, she is infinitely smarter than everyone else, she gives grand speeches on why all this is madness, and with such eloquence and furiousity too, men bite their lips in impotent fury as she verbally flays them, she is soulful, humanitarian, she is a feminist and a mother, she is a martyr, Christ reborned into the body of a woman, I was surprised not to read of her emitting a golden halo from her well scupted head! Is there anything in her that is not of the most dispicable angelic perfection? The rest of the ensamble is equally dispicable, shallow people whose thought are turn singly to trying to killing Arabs, Arabs interested in murdering Christians, refugees whose only purpose is to show what an humanitarian soul our protagonist has, that one doctor that she loves to show that she would be missed- Good God! And this book won prizes in France, the great mother of Hugo, Proust, and Flaubert? But, I suppose I am to admire it not for its characters, but for its commonplace theme, that war is terrible and dehumanising, fanaticism is a horrible thing, all that- however, there are many far better books have been written on this theme, all more worthy of being read than this dungheap.

  • DubaiReader
    2019-02-25 17:10

    Lebanese Civil War.This is a really hard book to review without falling into one or other camp of the war.Personally I have heard a lot about the Israeli / Palestinian conflict, but the part played by Lebanon, who hosted great influxes of refugees, has been less widely publicised. While many issues had been burning below the surface, this sudden onslaught, no doubt had its part to play in the subsequent civil war of Lebanon.This little book, only 105 pages, is written by a woman, now 87 yrs old, and highlights the mindless cruelty of the conflict. She shows the men as hunters in peace-time, who take to war with the same ferocity. The target in this story is Sitt Marie Rose, a peace-loving woman who crosses cultural and religous barriers to help the refugees.We know from the information on the back, that this book is based on a true story. We also know that Sitt Marie Rose died for her cause, brutally murdered by a Christian sect who felt she had defected.The author, in interview, states that the victim was well known and well loved in Lebanon and that people recognised her in the book. I was therefore reading while knowing the final outcome - just the when and how remained to be discovered.I was interested in the central premise. What let it down for me - and hence the low rating - was the strange style in which the book is written. We are frequently unsure as to who is speaking. Time is not linear - SMR dies several times in the book, narrated by several people involved - yet we are left to deduce who. Even the politics involved were confusing to the outsider. It made for an interesting book group discussion but left the book a bit empty for the solitary reader.A very different read that would benefit from some prior knowledge by the reader.

  • Alika Yarnell
    2019-03-18 17:09

    This book started off so nonchalant--well, maybe that's not the word, but it was definitely more of a straight-forward narrative but then it started getting really intense. And I don't mean the depictions of the war, after that part, when we get a lot of Sitt Marie-Rose's POV, or her dialog or thoughts. Beyond the actual people and their principles, deep at the heart of the matter. I like the line on p100 "The patient should be obliged to spit out, not the mucous, but the original illness, not the blood clogging his throat but the words, the words, the swamp of words that have been waiting there for so long." The scene of her execution is also done very well. The multiple POVs were a little confusing at first, and I still don't know who some of them are, but at least I know which one is S.M.R. I liked how the book was divided into small bits. Since the text was so heavy, this helped to air it out. Still, the book was pretty didactic and it remains in my mind as the one book that my classmate wanted to pee on.

  • Lamia
    2019-02-23 13:43

    I really enjoyed this book -- once I figured out the structure. Adnan divides each chapter up into a different voice in Part II of this book. Although this was easy to figure out, some voices I could not figure out until I looked them up. Once I did know, however, this book became hauntingly beautiful. It is not a happy ending book -- it is groundingly realistic and instills a feeling in you that lasts long after the last page. I would recommend this book to anyone for a quick read. Although clearly catering to a certain viewpoint, I found this book to be very good, albeit sometimes confusing. I also did not like how some of the paragraphs were very long and could not hold my attention (although the book is fairly short).

  • Yas
    2019-03-01 12:49

    The author deconstructs the psychology of violence of the Lebanese in the civil war in this story.I found it to be most true and realistic. The deaf-mutes handicapped children are the people of Lebanon who are doing nothing to the stop the cycle of madness...the "shabab" are victims and executioners in the sheep-herd mentality that cannot salvage anyone except those who choose to follow their conscious and cut the biblical cord to their tribes and have a connection with the stranger "Marie-Rose". Its people like Marie rose who holds the salvation not only to her country of birth but much to the tribe plagued arab world.

  • Lina
    2019-03-02 15:00

    Sitt Marie Rose talks about a Christian woman named Marie Rose who gets kidnapped by Christian militia based on her political beliefs in the 1970’s during the Lebanese civil war. The novel pinpoints the violent outcomes that any war could bring where women’s opinion and involvement in war, society and politics are forbidden practices. In addition, Adnan illustrates how killing while using the name of God or on behalf of any religion or a leader is a dangerous thing that hypnotizes the masses and ruins our generations. �

  • J.M. Hushour
    2019-03-12 17:42

    Overwhelminlgy crappy. The very short text, which centers on a Christian teacher of the deaf being captured and then killed by Christian militiamen during the first period of the Lebanese Civil War in the 1970s, has lots of potential, unfortunately it reads as if written by a 7th-8th grader in a creative writing class. This may be due to the translation, or it may be the result of this simply being a not-very-good book.

  • Joanne
    2019-03-19 14:10

    This is a stunning anti-war, prose poem written about the civil war in Lebanon. All of the truths still ring today. Etel Adnan, I discovered, is a creative force; visual as well as written. Currently she has a show at Galerie Lelong in Paris and New York City. I am so glad to have discovered this artist. Although not an easy read, take your time, enjoy the language, and grieve for the victims both past and present.

  • James
    2019-03-12 11:10

    Reading this book was akin to that lurching moment you grip a hot pan on the stove and when the pain reaches your brain causing you to cry out and snatch your hand away. Its language is naked and sharp, nauseatingly visceral. Its message unashamed and clear: humanity is ugly, ravenous in its cannibalism, foul in its "love" and "mercy". Adnan wrote a work that pains and purifies, yet leaves one as hopeless as a blade of grass before a bulldozer.

  • Elia
    2019-03-17 18:02

    Basically an overview of war and its absurdity. Femininity is an integral part of it, as it is the main enemy. The author also explores the dichotomy of being religious and considering ones self and community and the only beholders of the truth. The author makes a distinction between all the lines that separate geography and the more rigid ones separating faculties of the heart and reason.

  • Christopher Cormier
    2019-03-23 11:00

    This books description of tribalism and war not only made these subjects almost synonymous with human in my mind, the accounts of its effects on individuals is pregnant with emotional detail.It is the perfect companion piece to other war classics like Clausewitz for me as it completes the uncontrollable essence of wars and conflicts.

  • Juliane
    2019-03-13 16:02

    Beirut 1975. The sad truth of Lebanon civil war. Sitt Marie Rose supports Palestinian refugees, is beeing arrested and shall be sentenced by Mounir, her early love. Etel Adnan shows us the inhumanity of civil war, the conflict between Libanese & Palestinians. Frightening, stirring and very very sad.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-05 19:00

    This is a powerful book about a woman who is executed by the Christian militia during the Lebanese Civil War. It is written in a jumpy manner, part one prewar and about a woman who is attempting to write a script for a movie. Part two is a bit confusing because it is written from the perspectives of three characters. I was very emotional reading this book; I think it is very well written.

  • Laurie (Mots Insatiables)
    2019-03-19 14:06

    Comment parler d'un livre qui révèle l'horreur dont est capable l'homme, l'erreur qu'il fait en croyant assouvir les désirs imaginaires d'un Dieu, le racisme dont il est capable à cause d'une prétendue différence ? Bien entendu, personne ne connait ce livre, et personne n'en ressortira grandit.

  • Noren
    2019-03-18 15:07

    Adventuous and refreshing in structure and symbolism, Sitt Marie Rose feels confusing through the first read, but in the end, it justifies all its elements. Beautiful, elegant, well-though out, and it made me cry.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2019-03-21 16:51

  • Matt
    2019-03-04 10:45

    maybe the best paragraph ive read

  • Hadel
    2019-03-13 12:02

    the novel is one of the novels that i enjoyed the most <3

  • Bridgette
    2019-03-04 10:45

    Excellent story and profound, important writing. Essential to the understanding of racial or religious wars and human suffering.

  • Katie
    2019-03-15 14:09

    Terribly depressing. I imagine the style would be better in the original French...

  • Tina.
    2019-03-20 19:05

    Three and 1/2 stars, in fact. Loved the first part. Some amazing passages throughout. Felt a bit too forced in some places, though.