Marwan Hassan

Marwan Hassan, a novelist of Lebanese descent, was born in London, Ontario in 1950. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor. Marwan now lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Fiction (Detective and mystery story)

As the Crow Dies

Ottawa, Ont.: Common Redpoll Books, 2005.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from a brochure)

Liz Strachan, the daughter of successful lawyers and a promising law student herself, has it all. She’s smart, she’s sexy — and she’s missing.
When Liz fails to show up for classes at the start of the year her parents turn to the police. But the police have their own notion of what their daughter may be up to. Baffled and driven on by anxiety the Strachans turn to private investigator Alec Knight of Lajoie-Chang Associates.

Fiction

The Confusion of Stones: Two Novellas

Dunvegan, Ont.: Cormorant Books, 1989.
PS8565 .A729 C66 1989

Contents: The Confusion of Stones — Intelligence.

Publisher’s Synopsis

The Confusion of Stones is gripping fiction about sectarian violence in Lebanon and psychological violence in Canada.

Fiction

Dust Numbers

Ottawa, Ont.: Common Redpoll Books, 2003.
Limited edition of 99 copies.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from a brochure)

A woman sweeps. A prisoner waits in his cell for a sign. A scientist is called before the Committee. The men in grey, blue and brown suits tidy away loose ends.
Written in a spare, unsettling style, these nine linked passages lift the carpet and offer a glimpse of what lies beneath. Unauthorized fiction.

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Fiction (Detective and mystery story)

The Lost Patent

Ottawa, Ont.: Common Redpoll Books, 2004.

Publisher’s Synopsis

Recover a stolen briefcase: in Ottawa, a town full of briefcases, the assignment seems routine.
But Alec Knight, of Lajoie-Chang Associates, private investigators, finds more than the client, pharmaceutical prince Raymond Barrett, bargained for.
A murky world of cutting edge research, cutthroat competition, intellectual property theft — maybe murder.

Fiction

The Memory Garden of Miguel Carranza: A Novel

Dunvegan, Ont.: Cormorant Books, 1991.

Publisher’s Synopsis

A brilliant, elegantly-crafted work that explores the moral and subconscious world of a neurosurgeon in Canada, whoses son is possessed and ultimately destroyed by his memories of another existence. The turbulence of that remembered world, however, is less of a burden than the unwillingness of members of his family to acknowledge it.

Fiction

Vestibule

Ottawa, Ont.: Common Redpoll Books, 2005.

Publisher’s Synopsis (from a brochure)

A small boy wanders through the city, lost. Searching for his mother he finds strangers in the places he has known with her: the bank, library, restaurants, shops and the old market.
Vestibule elegantly evokes the public memory captured in buildings and the private and intimate moments hidden in public spaces. A radiant child. A startling view of the city, its architecture and people.

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Non-fiction

Velocities of Zero: Conquest, Colonization and the Destruction of Cultures

Toronto: TSAR, 2002.
JV185 .H38 2002

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Publisher Mawenzi House (formerly TSAR)

Publisher Cormorant Books