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From the PublisherPraise for Samir El-Youssef's The Illusion of Return
"[A] vivid portrait of life in wartime Lebanon, and the temporary refuge provided by friends... poignant and evocative."
“El-Youssef is unflinchingly critical of aspects of his society … the novel attempts to reveal a more complex human reality behind the smokescreen of tales of heroism and martyrdom.”
“A nuanced, thought-provoking look at this world, free of easy, political answers.”
“A stirring book.”