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My Father's Paradise A Son's Search for His Family's Past (Paperback)

Author:  Ariel Sabar
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1565129334
ISBN-13: 9781565129337
Sku: 211440363
Publish Date: 8/5/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  344
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Sabar once looked at his [immigrant] father with shame, scornful of the alien who still bore scars on his back from childhood bloodlettings. This book, he writes, is a chance to make amends.--"New York Times Sunday Book Review."
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In a remote corner of the world, forgotten for nearly three thousand years, lived an enclave of Kurdish Jews so isolated that they still spoke Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Mostly illiterate, they were self-made mystics and gifted storytellers and humble peddlers who dwelt in harmony with their Muslim and Christian neighbors in the mountains of northern Iraq. To these descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, Yona Sabar was born.

Yona's son Ariel grew up in Los Angeles, where Yona had become an esteemed professor, dedicating his career to preserving his people?s traditions. Ariel wanted nothing to do with his father?s strange immigrant heritage?until he had a son of his own.

Ariel Sabar brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, discovering his family?s place in the sweeping saga of Middle-Eastern history. This powerful book is an improbable story of tolerance and hope set in what today is the very center of the world?s attention.

Ariel Sabar grew up ashamed of his idiosyncratic father, Yona, a Kurdish Jew from a tiny Iraqi village. Impelled by a mid-life desire to understand him, Sabar investigates the lost world in which his father grew up, retracing the family's expulsion from Iraq, their abysmal period in Israel, and their subsequent life in America. Yona's gradual realization of his linguistic talents and rare knowledge of Aramaic is exhilarating, and his heroic efforts to preserve this dying language are as poignant as the personal story of loss, exile, and reconciliation told so poetically by his son. MY FATHER'S PARADISE won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for best autobiography.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0344
Product attributePublisher:   Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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