470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
For the month of May in 2018, the Strut Book Club will read “The Angel of History” by Rabih Alameddine.
Join us at 7:30 PM on the second floor of Strut for some wine, little snacks and great conversations about literature.
Please make sure to read the book beforehand and come ready to discuss your thoughts. Don’t forget, folks: we get a discount at Dog Eared Books in the Castro!
If you have not read the book, it is okay to come and sit and listen to the conversation. But be warned, we do talk about the ending.
About the Book
Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan, who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past, and dour, frigid Death, who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints. Set in Cairo and Beirut; Sana’a, Stockholm, and San Francisco; Alameddine gives us a charged philosophical portrait of a brilliant mind in crisis. This is a profound, philosophical, and hilariously winning story of the war between memory and oblivion we wrestle with every day of our lives
About the Author
Rabih Alameddine (Arabic: ربيع علم الدين) was born in Amman, Jordan to Lebanese parents, and grew up in Kuwait and Lebanon. He was educated in England and America, and has an engineering degree from UCLA and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.