Sitt Marie Rose is the story of a woman abducted by militiamen during the civil war in Lebanon. Already a classic of war literature, this extraordinary novel won the France-Pays Arabes award in Paris and has been translated into six languages. Sitt Marie Rose is part of Comparative Literature, World Literature, Women’s Studies and Middle East Studies curricula at more than thirty universities and colleges in the U.S.
Praise for Sitt Marie Rose
Etel Adnan tells her story in a charged composite of many different forms of discourse: conversation, news bulletins, monologues, interviews and commentary… journalism and film. The influence of the distinguished Arabic poetic tradition, of which she is herself a part, is also evident.
— Elizabeth Fernea
The incredulity toward meta-narratives that Lyotard characterizes as the post-modernist condition is embodied in the narrative technique of Sitt Marie Rose.
— Thomas Foster, PMLA Journal
Adnan gives sterling evidence to a moral and political literature, a literature set about to inform.
— Jane Creighton, New Women’s Times
The story is about a handful of characters and how their relationships are affected by the war… the real protagonist is the city itself. Since the story is narrated in a staccato style, the text takes on a quality reminiscent of Picasso’s Guernica.
— Celfan Review
It has become clear that maps of the Middle East and their accompanying texts have failed to account for the religious, economic, and political divisions that rage within these borders, defined in history by people who did not live there. Sitt Marie Rose visualizes the struggle in Lebanon in terms of ethical borders that the West never sees, presented as we are with pictures of the “Arab morass.” Adnan gives sterling credence to a moral and political literature, a literature that sets out to inform.
— New Women’s Times