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Alia Yunis Presents "The Night Counter"

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Uploaded on Nov 24, 2010

American Writer, Journalist and Filmmaker Alia Yunis enchanted the participants in her program at the Frankfurt city library with stories from her debut novel "The Night Counter" on November 18. Shifting between the United States and Lebanon, "The Night Counter" unravels four generations of Abdullah family secrets with a great sense of comic timing and a deft touch of magical realism. It touches on the histories of both the United States and the Middle East over the last one hundred years: "The beautiful and immortal Scheherazade has been roaming the earth for eleven centuries, and she yearns for a story to distract her. When she follows an American soldier home from Iraq out of curiosity, she runs into Fatima Abdullah in Los Angeles, a cantankerous and fiercely loyal matriarch of a sprawling Arab-American clan, and becomes fascinated by Fatima's stories" -- just like the audience in Frankfurt that night. Frankfurt Actor Ursula Illert brought three main characters of the book to life in a moving performance and reading from the German translation "Feigen in Detroit", which has been published by Aufbau Verlag.

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