In the spirit of Mikhail Bulgakov's satirical masterpiece The Master and Margarita, Rabih Alameddine conjures an elegiac comedy with aplomb, his incantations rich with sincerity and irreverence . . . Alameddine is an entrancing storyteller, imbuing the quotidian with magnificence and undermining solemnity with sauciness . . . The Angel of History is outstanding, a novel that leaves a lasting mark.
Here is a book, full of story, unrepentantly political at every level. At a time when many western writers seem to be in retreat from saying anything that could be construed as political, Alameddine says it all, shamelessly, gloriously and, realised like his Satan, in the most stylish of forms.
There are many ways to break someone's heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life
[An] excellent, lissome novel . . . To dwell within Jacob's mind and to read Alameddine's prose is to see loss . . . made into lively and living art.
Alameddine is excellent at weaving literary references into his storytelling . . . A feverish portrait of a mind in crisis.
Shades of The Master and Margarita haunt Rabih Alameddine's sixth book . . . Yet, while echoes of Bulgakov's masterpiece inform The Angel of History from first to last, Alameddine has created a scintillating, original work whose moral complexity and detail of observation are wholly contemporary and entirely his own.
By the novel's end Mr Alameddine has beguiled us with his insight and compassion. His stories take the reader into the labyrinth that is the mind . . . The Angel of History is digressive and daring.
Alameddine brilliantly captures [the protagonist] Jacob's mind as it leaps between memory and the present.
A cleverly constructed novel that questions what we remember and why we forget.
In this provocative portrait of a man in crisis, masterful storyteller Alameddine takes on some of the most wrenching conflicts of the day.
Rabih Alameddine is one of our most daring writers - daring not in the cheap sense of lurid or racy, but as a surgeon, a philosopher, an explorer, or a dancer
A profoundly beautiful novel that infolds the political with the personal in unexpected and new ways . . . An extraordinary book.
Innovative and exciting . . . Alameddine has written a modern, multicultural riff on Faustus for Generation X, fluidly incorporating queer history, philosopy and modern mythology with poise and humour . . . An audacious, beautiful and charismatic reading experience