Guard of the Dead

George Yarak
Translated by Raphael Cohen


Abir scrapes a living in a Beirut hospital morgue, stealing from both the bodies he tends and his bosses. But he has a dark history that continues to haunt him. Earlier in the civil war, he fled his village for Beirut and, lost in the big city, joined a political party to survive. When he is kidnapped from the hospital, he knows he has not escaped his past and the many crimes he witnessed. But what or who is still chasing him?

George Yarak’s gripping mystery novel captures the tragi-comic disorder of war with a dark sense of irony.



George Yarak

George Yarak is a Lebanese novelist and journalist, born in 1958. He has worked as an editor and writer for several Lebanese newspapers, magazines and publishers, and his first novel, Night, was published in 2013. He lives in Beirut.
Raphael Cohen is a literary translator based in Cairo.

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  • April 2nd 2019
  • $17.95 / £10.99 / LE200
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9789774169106

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