Department of Goose Bumps
From the old-by-now article on Khoury in the LRB:
The narrative of the victim must end; it is a disgusting, opportunistic fable that feeds on everyone who feels a need to tell it, whether from overwhelming strength or profound disadvantage. For a moment, Khaleel thinks of the trains that rattled through Syria and Lebanon depositing Palestinians round the suburbs of the cities, where they would settle in camps for half a century – and counting. The echo of other trains in other places is not a call to rehearse futile arguments about who suffered more – that would be succumbing to the single story again. It is simply an acknowledgment, across the battle lines, that the enemy, too, has a history: ‘The whistle rings in my ears. I see the people being led towards the final train. I see the trains, and I shudder.’Fucking goose bumps. If you haven't read Gate of the Sun yet, or if you've been putting it off, as I have, or if you're so in love with other Khoury books and think this one is too similar/different, stop. Buy it. Read it.