‘Oh, Salaam!’: ‘Easy and Crude’ Is What Makes This an ‘Entertaining, Intelligent’ Novel

“Reading Oh, Salaam! today, the first English translation of Barakat’s acclaimed and award-winning work as a novelist, is an occasion to reconsider how to grieve, how to mourn, and to identify and confront, head on, the destructive impulses that humans, predatory as rats as we can be, have the capacity to reinvent.”


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