Sitt Marie Rose

By Etel Adnan

Translated by Georgina Kleege


The Post-Apollo Press
Original Language(s)
Additional Credits
Cover art & book design by Simone Fattal
Fiction, Translation
Edition, Year
First Edition, 1982
Paperback, eBook
Digital, In Print

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.

Etel Adnan
Etel Adnan was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1925. She is a celebrated writer, essayist, and playwright, and is the author of more than twenty books in all these disciplines. Her work as a whole is a ... Read More
Georgina Kleege
Georgina Kleege is an internationally known writer and disability studies scholar. Her collection of personal essays, Sight Unseen (1999) is a classic in the field of disability studies. Essays include an autobiographical account of ... Read More

Sitt Marie Rose is a true story of love and horror that conveys, like no work of political analysis can, some of the complex and very deep dimensions of Lebanon’s agony.

— Lee O’Brien, Merip Report


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

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