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Beirut, I Love You by Zena el Khalil

Beirut, I Love You

Beirut, I Love You by Zena el Khalil
Oct 16, 2012 | 218 Pages
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    Oct 16, 2012 | 218 Pages

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“El Khalil brings the city and its current events to life through personal anecdotes about loss, tragedy, friendship, life as a young woman in a polarized city, and love for this conflicted, beautiful place she calls home.” —Gwyneth Paltrow, goop

“Part love letter and part memoir, el Khalil’s work employs her artist’s eye and ear to depict Beirut during and after the Israeli attacks on the country’s south and the Lebanese civil war. No simple chronological narration, this is rather a highly personal, impressionistic depiction of events and emotions…. The author’s varying tones of passion and detachment heighten the emotional effect. Like Baghdad, which has somehow always survived, el-Khalil defies defeat. Her unflinching inside view of Beirut’s tragedy and of ‘Amreekan’ duplicity underscore why her 2006 blog received international attention.” —Publishers Weekly

“Her book is like sitting down and having a conversation with her. You will feel close and connected, and it will feel relevant to you. Sensual and visceral, you will smell, hear, and taste Beirut, and you will not be disappointed.” Time Out Magazine (Beirut edition)

“Lebanon and Iraq have both been the subject of numerous books written by Westerners, but there are far fewer books available in English written by insiders of those two countries. [Beirut, I Love You and The Devil You Don’t Know] are therefore valuable as they portray these war-inflicted societies as seen through the sharp eyes of two ‘returnees’.” — The Tanjara blog
“Zena El Khalil paints a picture of a city that is often on the brink of war, where its inhabitants work hard and party harder.” — Fred Rhodes, Middle East
“The Israeli armed forces’ 34-day war against Lebanon in 2006 has inspired any number of literary works on both sides of this country’s troubled southern border. One of the best-known is Beirut, I Love You, by Lebanese pop artist Zena el Khalil, who found worldwide fame during this conflict with her blog recording its progress,” — The Daily Star (Beirut)

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