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Sexuality Pavlov agrees to take up his father’s work for the society and over the course of the novel acts as survivor chronicler of his torn and fading community bearing witness to both its enduring rituals and its inevitable declineIn Beirut Hellfire Society award winning author Rawi Hage praised for his “fierc. I wanted so much from this bookIf you like needlessly explicit descriptions of eye rolling male fantasies a main character who does nothing and yet muses on about the world because he read a bit of philosophy years ago I feel like we all have someone like this in our life and a plot that goes no where well have I got a book for you

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Beirut Hellfire Society

E poetic originality” Boston Globe and “uncompromising vision” Colm Tóibín asks What after all can be preserved in the face of certain change and imminent death The answer is at once propulsive elegiac outrageous profane and transcendent and a profoundly moving meditation on what it means to live through war. This review originally appeared in BookBrowse JournalIn Beirut Hellfire Society Rawi Hage creates a dance that is savage devastating tender mournful and darkly wickedly humorous The novel is loosely a modern day version of Antigone set during one year of the Lebanese civil war Rather than a sister intent on burying her brother the protagonist Pavlov lover of Greek mythology and culture is the son of an undertaker following in his father s footsteps in his pledge to lay to rest those who have been denied a traditional burial The story interweaves vignettes of an outrageous cast of characters complete with talking dogs and ghosts vicious gangsters cross dressing hedonists and a niece who howls like a hyena with Pavlov s journey to survive and wrest meaning from an existence in which war continuously tears apart the fabric of life order and meaning Hage writes with the incendiary passion of someone whose early years were shaped by the war that tore Lebanon apart between 1975 and 1990 In this work life cannot be taken for granted from one minute to the next streets are a chaos of rubble and destroyed buildings the falling bombs are as omnipresent as the rain Since childhood Pavlov has watched the parade of caskets that winds toward the cemetery beneath his window Death and life form a continuous dance that his father teaches him is forged in fire With sparse urgent and wounding prose Hage lays bare the nature of war and its human conseuences The book is as he states in the acknowledgements a book of mourning but it is also a book of hope Beneath the despair Hage shows us that hope and life always smolder waiting to be kindled

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After his undertaker father’s death laconic Greek mythology– reading Pavlov is approached by a member of the mysterious Hellfire Society an antireligious sect that among many rebellious and often salacious activities arranges secret burial for outcasts who have been denied last rites because of their religion or. I am ambivalent about this book I thought the writing was great and the individual episodes describing the complexity of beliefs and attitudes as expressed by the many characters in this story was fascinating And the setting during the Lebanese civil war with the constant violence and threat of unexpected death due to bombings and gunfire was horrifyingI ve decided however Rawi Hage s work is not really for me This is the second book by him that I ve attempted and the only one I ve finished The book is really good but I don t think I m the right audience for his work


10 thoughts on “Beirut Hellfire Society

  1. says:

    A book about the randomness of whistling bombs destruction and death in 1978 Beirut A father tenderly guides his son Pavlov through the ceremonies of cremation for all those the state denies a burial in consecrated ground and those preferring a fire funeral They believe fire is a passage and a dance Its destruction brings renewal Hage offers a sardonic view of petty rulers organized religion government and w

  2. says:

    Ahhh Rawi Hage He's just on another level This surpasses Cockroach as my favourite of his books caveat I've never read Deniro's Game I loved the endless ways he created to approach death violence family sex hate dance in this book I

  3. says:

    I am ambivalent about this book I thought the writing was great and the individual episodes describing the complexity of beliefs and attitudes as expressed by the many characters in this story was fascinating And the setting during the Lebanese civil war with the constant violence and threat of unexpected death due to bombings and gunfire

  4. says:

    Now the man told his son you're sixteen – old enough to become a member of the Society The Hellfire Society the father added He switched on the car radio and drove towards the coast and then up into the mountains of Lebanon In the prologue to Beirut Hellfire Society an undertaker introduces his teenaged son Pavlov to a secret crematorium in the mountains surrounding Beirut – burial is the only officially

  5. says:

    I was a big fan of Hage's DeNiro's Game and had high hopes for his new release While conceptually it was super intriguing Hage doesn't execute it as well as I had hoped Following Pavlov a son of a dead undertaker who serviced the m

  6. says:

    I wanted so much from this bookIf you like needlessly explicit descriptions of eye rolling male fantasies a main character who does nothing and yet muses on about the world because he read a bit of philosophy years ago I feel like we all have someone like this in our life and a plot that goes no where well have I got a boo

  7. says:

    The description of this book seemed so promising – it’s a story about the son of an undertaker who after his father’s death is approached by the mysterious Hellfire Society an anti religious sect that arranges burials for thos

  8. says:

    Taking place in the midst of the Lebanese civil war in the late ’70s Beirut Hellfire Society follows Pavlov the son of an undertaker After the sudden passing of his father Pavlov agrees to carry on his life’s work helping an underground

  9. says:

    This review originally appeared in BookBrowse JournalIn Beirut Hellfire Society Rawi Hage creates a dance that is savage devastating

  10. says:

    For those who understand the civil war in Lebanon Rawi Hage's latest novel Beirut Hellfire Society brings very special meaning Its hero Pavlov is the antithesis of the sectarianism that destroyed one of the most progressive countries in the Middle East Some readers will enjoy the novel for its simple but moving prose Others will relish its i