REVIEWS MARWAN HASSAN, The Confusion of Stones: Two Novellas, Cormorant Books, Ontario 1989. When I read Marwan Hassan's The Confusion of Stones: Two Novellas, I was moved: my past memories and present experiences are similar to those of the protagonist of the first novella, Falah. When his southern Lebanese village is totally demolished by an Israeli air-raid during which he personally suffers a serious physical injury, his uncle Yusuf-a first generation Canadian citizen- furnishes him with all the essentials to join him in Canada. After some hesita- tion, Falah does emigrate, only to meet a new set of problems: adapting to life in a foreign country. The first novella ends on a positive note, for it seems that Falah does adjust, albeit through some escapism by distracting himself with things related to 'land' (such as daffodils)-a reminder of his life in Lebanon as a peasant. The second novella, 'Intelligence', however, shows that the contentment that Falah achieves is only an illusion, for the protagonist here, 'Abourezk', is a third generation Canadian who is still incapable of ignoring Lebanon-the homeland of his ancestors. In fact, in the novella, he is visiting Lebanon for the second time, though still in
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1990
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