Selim Nassib I Loved You for Your Voice

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I Loved You for Your Voice

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"A dazzling masterpiece."-Nigrizia

"A total immersion into the Arab world's magic and charm."-Avvenimenti

"Om Kalthoum is great. She really is."-Bob Dylan

The story of the Arab world's greatest and most popular singer, Umm Kulthum, told through the eyes of the poet Ahmad Rami, who wrote her lyrics and loved her in vain all his life. Spanning five decades in the history of modern Egypt, this passionate tale of love and longing provides a key to understanding the soul, the aspirations, and the disappointments of the Arab world.

Slim Nassib is also the author of Un amant en Palestine, about the secret relationship between Lebanese-Palestinian banker Albert Pharaon and Golda Meir. Nassib is well known for his journalism and his work as a foreign correspondent.

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Slim Nassib is also the author of I Loved You for Your Voice, a fictional biography of the singer Om Kalthoum. Nassib, a well-regarded journalist, served as a foreign correspondent for Liberation. A Lover in Palestine is his second novel. Born in Beirut, he now lives in Paris.

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Paris-based Nassib, a journalist for Libération, is the author of Un Amant de Palestine, a novel highlighting the complex and passionate relationship between Golda Meir and Lebanese-Palestinian banker Albert Pharaon (currently untranslated). This second book takes on another big relationship that's relatively unknown in the U.S.: that of Egyptian singer Om Kalthoum (1904-1975), who is revered in the Arab world, and the poet Ahmad Rami. In 1924, Kalthoum is a budding performer who must pose as a man in order to take the stage. Rami, enthralled by her voice, soon grows transfixed by her, but casually pretends otherwise, even as she begins to sing his poems. The resulting entanglements last a lifetime, but this novel (at least in this translation) ends up flatly sentimentalizing them, with the Middle East's turbulent history serving as a tense backdrop.
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