Beirut Hellfire Society

Beirut Hellfire Society

by

, bipoc-actor, can-con, did-not-finish, netgalley, war, newtome2019, giveaway-winners, canlit, english, culture-conflict, fistfights, giveaways, favorites, Fiction, Historical, Cultural, War, Audiobook, Novels, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Literature

After his undertaker father’s death, laconic, Greek mythology– reading Pavlov is approached by a member of the mysterious Hellfire Society— an antireligious sect that, among many rebellious and often salacious activities, arranges secret burial for outcasts who have been denied last rites because of their religion or sexuality. Pavlov agrees to take up his father’s work for the society, and over the course of the novel acts as survivor- chronicler of his torn and fading community, bearing witness to both its enduring rituals and its inevitable decline.


In Beirut Hellfire Society, award- winning author Rawi Hage— praised for his “fierce poetic originality” (Boston Globe) and “uncompromising vision” (Colm Tóibín)— asks: What, after all, can be preserved in the face of certain change and imminent death? The answer is at once propulsive, elegiac, outrageous, profane, and transcendent— and a profoundly moving meditation on what it means to live through war.

Title:Beirut Hellfire Society
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781324002918
Format Type:

    Beirut Hellfire Society Reviews

  • Paltia

    A book about the randomness of whistling bombs, destruction and death in 1978 Beirut. A father tenderly guides his son, Pavlov, through the ceremonies of cremation for all those the state denies a bur...

  • Lata

    I am ambivalent about this book: I thought the writing was great, and the individual episodes describing the complexity of beliefs and attitudes, as expressed by the many characters in this story, was...

  • JS is Reading

    Ahhh Rawi Hage. He's just on another level. This surpasses Cockroach as my favourite of his books (caveat - I've never read Deniro's Game). I loved the endless ways he created to approach death, viole...

  • Boston

    3.5 stars...

  • Krista

    Now, the man told his son, you're sixteen – old enough to become a member of the Society. The Hellfire Society, the father added. He switched on the car radio, and drove towards the coast and the...

  • Michelle

    I wanted so much more from this book.If you like needlessly explicit descriptions of eye-rolling male fantasies, a main character who does nothing and yet muses on about the world because he read a bi...

  • Alex

    I was a big fan of Hage's DeNiro's Game and had high hopes for his new release. While conceptually it was super intriguing, Hage doesn't execute it as well as I had hoped. Following Pavlov, a son of a...

  • Brooke

    The description of this book seemed so promising – it’s a story about the son of an undertaker, who after his father’s death, is approached by the mysterious Hellfire Society, an anti-religious ...

  • Alexander Kosoris

    Taking place in the midst of the Lebanese civil war in the late ’70s, Beirut Hellfire Society follows Pavlov, the son of an undertaker. After the sudden passing of his father, Pavlov agrees to carry...

  • Naomi

    This review originally appeared in BookBrowse Journal.In Beirut Hellfire Society, Rawi Hage creates a dance that is savage, devastating, tender, mournful, and darkly, wickedly humorous. The novel is l...