The Second Dog War

Harb al-kalb al-thânyaNasrallah - Harb el Kalb
NASRALLAH Ibrahim

Arab Scientific Publisher, Lebanon, Beirut, 2016, 345 pages

Summary

Summary

The book opens on a scene of devastation: Following the First Dog War, natural resources are rapidly dwindling, leaving the world in a state of decay. The First Dog War, it turns out, was triggered by a fight between two dog owners, over the animal’s price. The violence soon got out of control, leading to the crumbling of traditional governments. These have been replaced with local Castle managements, who rule mercilessly. Using the pretext of avoiding another war, they seek to erase people’s memories of the past to better control them.

Amidst the oppression, Rached, who belongs to a rebel militia, is caught and tortured for days. He comes out of this experience a changed man. He marries Salam, the gorgeous sister of his torturer, and starts running money schemes that benefit the Castle, to prove his loyalty. His most successful idea is to privatize ambulances, and send them to the highest bidding hospital in record time. Rached is promoted to manager of the best local hospital, and falls in love at first sight with his secretary. Having been obsessed with his wife’s beauty and how to reproduce it since the early days of their marriage, he decides to get his new lover a state-of-the-art surgery that gives her his wife’s face.

It all goes downhill after this fateful event: Both the secretary and Salam find out they now have the same face, and doppelgängers start appearing everywhere, including in Rached’s building, where his neighbor the weatherman turns into an exact copy of him – and even sleeps with his wife.

Thus begins the Second Dog War: An argument between Rached and his doppelgänger the weatherman escalates into a fight. The weatherman is killed. The Castle decides to exterminate all doppelgängers and only keep the originals. Clearly, the distinction is not always possible, and Rached is mistaken for his double and arrested. He is tortured to death in prison by his brother-in-law.

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