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Christina Elsa Civantos
University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL 33146-2919)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2010 – 7/31/2011

"The Gathering Place of Secrets": The Critical Introduction and Translation of a Lebanese Novel

"The Gathering Place of Secrets" is a critical introduction and translation of the Arabic novel Majma` al-Asrar by distinguished Lebanese author Elias Khoury. With copyright permission, I am crafting the first English version of the novel in order to bring it to a broader readership. The novel, through fragmented structure and dialogue with a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, depicts a love triangle, surrounded by secrets, in the midst of civil war. In my critical introduction, I place the novel within its historical, cultural, and literary context and I show that the novel points to humans' futile attempts at uncovering supposed secrets, at establishing ultimate truths,as a dynamic that can feed various forms of violence. Given the current strained relations between the English-speaking world and Arab-Islamic cultures, the introduction and translation of this novel offers both general readers and specialists a much needed window into the many facets of Arab culture and Arab creativity.