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The House of Youssef

Kassab Yumna



Price: $24.95
Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9781925818192
Published: September 2019

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Shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards UTS Glenda Adas Award for New Writing

Longlisted for the Stella Prize 2020

Shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards: Fiction

The House of Youssef is a collection of short stories set in Western Sydney. The stories explore the lives of Lebanese migrants who have settled in the area, circling around themes of isolation, family and community, and nostalgia for the home country. In particular, House of Youssef is about relationships, and the customs which complicate them: between parents and children, the dark secrets of marriage, the breakable bonds between friends. The stories are told with extreme minimalism - some are only two pages long - which heightens their emotional intensity.

The collection is framed by two soliloquies. The first expresses the
longing of an old man for the homeland he will never return to. The second is the
monologue of a woman, who could be his wife, addressed to her daughter, about
life and its disappointments. The two
central sequences are composed of vignettes which focus on moments of domestic crisis,
and which combine, in the title sequence, to chart the demise of a single
family. Kassab portrays the lives of ordinary people - simple,
unglamorous, down-to-earth. Her understated style isolates small details and
the anxieties that lurk within them. The tiny shifts in a normal day are an
entire world to the people at the centre of her stories.

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9781925818192
Published: September 2019

Number of pages: 288
Width: 130 mm
Height: 197 mm
Depth: not specified

Publisher: Giramondo Publishing Co

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