Few stories about queer lives and love make it out of the Middle East. But what is LGBT life in the Arab world? What is the life of an ordinary gay Muslim man? How does he navigate the fault line between the personal and the political? How does he express his identity and his desires in a culture shaped by Islam? Where does he go to dance and sing and be himself? In his debut novel, Guapa, Saleem Haddad answers those questions about one young man. Set in an unnamed Arab city shattered from political crisis and violence, it follows Rasa for 24 hours as his personal life is falling apart. READ FULL

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