Ports of Call (Maalouf novel)

For other uses, see Port of Call.
Ports of Call
Author Amin Maalouf
Original title Les Échelles du Levant
Translator Alberto Manguel
Country France
Language French
Publisher Éditions Grasset
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 298
ISBN 9782246497714

Ports of Call (French: Les Échelles du Levant) is a 1991 novel by the French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf. The narrative follows a married couple consisting of a Muslim man and a Jewish woman, Ossyane and Clara, who become separated after World War II.


William Ferguson wrote in The New York Times wrote that the protagonists' "marriage is presented here as an exemplary rejection of suspicion and hatred between peoples, most particularly in the Middle East. Perhaps the author's fondness for allegory is the reason Ossyane's tale sounds more like polished writing than real speech, and why the characters often seem more like ideas than people."[1]

See also


  1. Ferguson, William (2000-01-23). "Ports of Call". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
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