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The Angel of History, by Rabih Alameddine

The Angel of History: A Novel - Rabih Alameddine

Jacob is an angry, lonely man who has lost his ability to write poetry. Oh, and he’s hearing and seeing things again. Rabih Alameddine’s spellbinding The Angel of History tells Jacob’s life story as he spends a day at a mental health clinic trying to convince the staff to lock him up for 72 hours. Jacob just can’t take it anymore. His friends and lovers died years ago and now the news is full of drone strikes against his former homeland, Yemen. Without poetry as an outlet, Jacob is adrift in his own mind. But The Angel of History is not just a biographical novel, it’s also a supernatural race against time as Satan and the fourteen saints that Jacob has seen and heard all his life try to get the poet to acknowledge them again...

 

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.