77 books
Memoirs and Testimonies arabic[13] english[29] french[33]
La Fracture
Elias Abou-Haidar
Eddif 1999
The story of the Lebanese war, and the story of the author's exile. How does one rebuild himself a life, where can one identify himself and find himself ?
Den of Lions : Memoirs of Seven Years
Terry Anderson
Mass Market Paperback Reprint edition 1994
Terry Anderson, the Associated Press correspondent tells his memoirs of physical and psychological deprivation and hardship during the 7 years as a hostage of Hezbollah.
Terre blanche, Journal d'un Otage au Liban
Antoine Joseph Assaf
Fayard - le Sarment 2001
The testimony of a professor of philosophy who spent 15 months as a hostage in a 2m2 cell, and analyzed as a 'professional' his own reactions and thoughts.
Moukawimat [Resistant] (arabic, english)
Souha Bechara and Gilles Paris , arabic ed. translated by Antoine Abou Zeid
Saqi Books, 2000; french ed. J.-C. Lattès (Lattes), 2001 2000, 2001
The testimony of Souha Beshara who spent 10 years in the 'khiam' prison, telling about her personal convictions that helped her survive through torture and isolation.
Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982
Mahmoud Darwish
The University of California Press 1982
Account of the 1982 Israeli invasion. And of an agony in which time itself is the subject of meditation.
Le Martyr du Liban
Thierry Desjardins
Plon 1976
The author, a reporter from the 'Figaro', tells about the tragedy he witnessed in the beginning of the Lebanese Civil War.
Liban, Mémoires du Temps
Charles-Herve Faucon
Dar An-Nahar 1998
Sincere account and well documented analysis on Lebanon.
Besieged : A Doctor's Story of Life and Death in Beirut
Christopher Giannou
Olive Branch Press 1991
Giannou's account of his later years (1985-1988) at a Palestine Red Crescent facility in Beirut's Shatila refugee camp as a surgeon, where he witnessed atrocities by the Israeli Defense Forces during their military action.
The Root : The Marines in Beirut, August 1982-February 1984
Eric Hammel (Introduction)
Pacifica Military History 1993
A 'detailed account of individual rescue effort, with an emphasis on the August through October 1983 period" written from the viewpoint of the Marines who fought in Beirut.
From Israel to Damascus
Robert Hatem
Pride International Publications Inc. 1999
The author of this book known as Cobra, now a political refugee in France, brakes 'the code of silence about the unacceptable, the world of tragedy, corruption, crime and darkness under which Lebanon exists today' through the story of Elie Hobeika -whose bodyguard he used to be- and his rise to power in the Lebanese government.
My war diary : Lebanon June 5-July 1, 1982
Dov Irmiya
South End Press 1984
The author -a lieutenant colonel in the Israeli Defense Forces- tells about what he saw of he effects of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon on the civilian population.
La guerre du Liban
Antoine Jabre, Andre Fontaine, Nagib Dahdah
P. Belfond 1980
Antoine Jabre, ambassador of Lebanon in the USSR, tells about his Russian acquaintances and his own war in the USSR to 'save' his country.
Bound to Forgive. The Pilgrimage to Reconciliation of a Beirut Hostage
Lawrence Martin Jenco
Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame 1995
Martin Jenco tells his memories as a hostage of Shiite Muslims for 19 months in Beirut, through events, circumstances, and people, 'intertwining his own struggle with loving the unlove-able and forgiving those who captured and tortured him'.
Lezardes
Houda Karim
Sud Editions-Tunis 1999
The story of a Lebanese girl since she was 14 living in war torn Beirut, then her life in South Lebanon, until she became a 'resistant' and was caught by the 'enemy' while attempting an 'operation'.
Cicatrices
Therese Khabsa
1989
The painter Therese Khabsa, during the war, remembers Lebanon before the war.
Women of Lebanon: Interviews With Champions for Peace
Nelda Lateef
McFarland & Co 1997
Interviews with 42 Lebanese women - from arts and literature, education, government, law, social work, the media, business and medicine - who, despite seventeen years of civil war, successfully protected their natural heritage and helped to restore order within their society.
For Brian's sake: the story of the Keenan sisters
Anne Maguire
Blackstaff Press 1991 (1st ed.)
A record of the achievement of the two sisters of Brian Keenan who was taken hostage in Beirut in 1986, in having their brother released after four and a half years.
Beirut Fragments: A War Memoir
Jean-Said Makdissi
Persea Books 1990
Beirut Fragments is a personal portrait of life in a torn city -Beirut- during 15 years of the civil war in Lebanon, 1975-1990.
Anine Al'Ghadab
Gebran Massoud
Dar An-Nahar 1999
The author tells about what he saw of the sufferings the Lebanese people went through because of the war.
Même les Tueurs Ont Une Mère
Patrick Meney
La Table Ronde 1986
An interview with Marwan, a 26 years' old killer. The account of his passage from being a peaceful carefree adolescent to his becoming a militiaman whose only profession was death during 'the collective madness' of the Lebanese conflict.
Clandestin (french)
Selim Nassib
Balland 1998
Memoirs of the author: his souvenirs with his family and a testimony of his life in his social surrounding, being a Jew in The Middle-East region.
Victime et Bourreau
Joseph Saade, Frederic Brunnquell, Frederic Couderc
Calmann-Levy 1989
A Lebanese journalist avenges the death of both his murdered sons.
Out of Place: A Memoir
Edward Said
Vintage Books 1999
Said's memoirs are powerfully informed by his sense of 'always being out of place' personally, geographically, and linguistically.
L'an prochain à Tibériade: lettres d'une jeune Palestinienne du Liban à un ami français
Racha Salah
Albin Michel 1996
Ten long letters in which Racha, a young Palestinian, relates her daily life in Lebanon, throughout the war.
Vendredi, dimanche
Khalid Ziyadah, Yves Gonzalez-Quijano
Actes Sud/Sindbad (Mémoires de la Méditerranée) 1996
Through the account of his memoirs in Tripoli -Lebanon- in the 1950s. and 1960s., the author tells about the fate of the Mediterranean cities still haunted by a past that's threatened by a much desired but fearsome modernity.
A Livres Ouverts: Une Vie de Souvenirs
Phares Zoghbi
Dar An-Nahar 1998
How does a human being, wherever he comes from, and wherever he is, build an identity and shapes self and others' awareness.
Le Bonheur Bleu
Lamia el-Saad
Dar An-Nahar 2002
"Le bonheur Bleu" relates the author's suffering; she was wounded by a shrapnel at the age of 11; her life became then a daily struggle against physical pain and despair.
Beirut God's Boot Camp
Thomas M. Iannucci
Publish America Inc. 2002
The true account of the time of a young U.S. Marine in Beirut -" one of the most hostile cities in the world, during one of its most tumultuous times, in the mid to late 1980’s"- at his new post: The U.S. Embassy.
Le Retour à la Vie
Lena Freiha
Librairie Antoine 1997
This work is an expression of Lena Freiha's feelings and state of mind throughout her sufferings caused by a violent husband; aiming to help other women to overcome their physical and spiritual pain.
Tair A'la Sindiyana [A Bird on an Oak]
Kamal Salibi
Al-Shuruk House 2002
The autobiography -written at age 73- of one of the most respected Lebanese historians and social-political thinkers, detailing his experiences and travels.
Children of the Roojme : A Family's Journey from Lebanon
Elmaz Abinader
University of Wisconsin 1997 (reprint ed.)
Lyrical memoir of the author's Lebanese-American family: their story from the mountains of Lebanon and their emigration to western Pennsylvania: the abandonment of centuries-old villages, and the New World conflict between cultural tradition and assimilation, while also telling about those left behind in Lebanon.
KITAR AL-NADA; MIN AHLAM AL-HOURRIYAT ILA MANAZIL AL-THULL
Imad Al-Abdallah
Riad el-Rayyes books 2001
Short stories written by Imad Al-Abdallah from his memories of Lebanon throughout the years of the civil war and after.
Khamsin
Jocelyne J. Awad
Albin Michel 1994
A true story about the sad destiny of an Arab woman in Lebanon.
A Parish of Rich Women
James Buchan
Merle Collins, Marlowe & Company; 1998 (reprint ed.)
A young British journalist comes back to England after an assignment in Lebanon but decides to return to Lebanon now under siege by the Israeli army after being disappointed with "his friends and their aimless world of chatter and heroin". "Two societies at the point of collapse: England clinging desperately to the wreckage of its history and Beirut under bombardment".
Le Liban d'où je viens
Henri Edde
Buchet Chastel (Documents) 2000
The author, an architect and a town planner, tells about his country occupied by Syria and Israel, about the reconstruction of Beirut and the huge amounts of money it is costing.
Splendide Solitude
Abla Farhoud
L'Hexagone 2001
Through this voyage in the depth of her intimacy, the author lays bare her femininity and her solitary woman's soul.
L'obus Siffla
Nadyne Khoury-Aoude , (and other young writers)
Mercure de France 2001
The author recalls comical memories from her childhood during the Lebanese war.
De Saint-Pétersbourg à Aïn el-Mreissé
Irene Lehr
Dar An-Nahar 2003
The author tells her family's story, Russian aristocrats who had to leave their country in 1917 revolution, and came to live in Lebanon.
Between Extremes
John McCarthy, Brian Keenan
Black Swan 2000
The authors, -Irish poet and writer Keenan and British journalist McCarthy-, who spent four years in a Beirut prison together, wrote separate accounts of their shared incarceration.
Mon père m’attendait à Manille
Marie Moarbes
Ed. Robert Laffont 2001
The testimony of Marie Moarbes, a French-Lebanese 32 years' old single young woman who was kidnapped along with a group of tourists in Malaysia in 2000. Without water or food, or hygiene, but thanks to her knowledge in first-aid, as well as her tough character and her humour, she will learn a great lesson of courage -hers as well as her 75 years' old father's who went to Manilla to save her- that will give a new meaning to her life.
Nadia, Captive of Hope: Memoir of an Arab Woman
Fay Afaf Kanafani
Sharpe, M.e., Inc., 1998
Fay Afaf Kanafani's autobiography as an Arab Muslim woman born in Beirut in 1918: experiences in Lebanon and Palestine from World War I to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
Lebanon: Four Journeys to the Past
Roseanne Saad Khalaf
Dar An-Nahar 1998
"Travelogues, autobiography and history into four short stories. From the bleak present and the gloomy depths of the [Lebanese] Civil War (1975-90), the author reminisces about the "beauty, magic, mystery," and the "enchantment" of Lebanon."
TAIR AALA SINDIYANA
Kamal Salibi
Al-Shuruk House 2002
The autobiography -written at age 73- of one of the most respected Lebanese historians and social-political thinkers, detailing his experiences and travels.
De Beyrouth à Jenine : Quatorze Soldats Israeliens racontent
Ilana Hammerman , Irit Gal, translated by Catherine Neuvéglise
La Fabrique 2003
A collection of testimonies of Israeli soldiers evoking the beginning of the conflict in 1982. Each one tells his personal story and his opinion concerning the operations. These accounts give precious information on the first months of the conflicts, particularly marked by the massacres committed by the Phalangists under the control of the Israeli army in the refugee camps of Sabra and Chatila.
Les Larmes de la Colère
Alain Ménargues
Presses de la Renaissance 1991
The author, reporter for France Inter and France Info and correspondent in Beyrouth since 1982, relates in this account which is the result of a long on-the-ground investigation, the complexity of the Lebanese drama through the true story of a Lebanese young woman.
A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return
Zeina Abirached
Graphic Universe 2012
Born in Lebanon in 1981, Zeina recounts her childhood memories of the civil war –started 6 years before she was born– portraying the strength of family and community.
Mourir partir revenir. Le jeu des hirondelles
Zeina Abirached
Cambourakis 2007
Born in Lebanon in 1981, Zeina recounts her childhood memories of the civil war –started 6 years before she was born– portraying the strength of family and community.
I Remember Beirut
Zeina Abirached
Graphic Universe 2014
The author’s childhood and adolescence memories in war-torn Beirut, until she left Lebanon in 2006, are marked with constant fear and hard life, but also with happy moments that helped to forget the raging war.
Beyrouth: Je me souviens
Zeina Abirached
Cambourakis 2009
The author’s childhood and adolescence memories in war-torn Beirut, until she left Lebanon in 2006, are marked with constant fear and hard life, but also with happy moments that helped to forget the raging war.
The Locust and the Bird: My Mother’s Story
Hanan el-Sheikh
Bloomsbury Publ. 2009
In this memoir, the author relates the extraordinary life of her mother.
Hikayati sharh yatul
Hanan el-Sheikh
Dar al-Adab 2004
In this memoir, the author relates the extraordinary life of her mother.
Toute une histoire
Hanan el-Sheikh
Actes-Sud 2010
In this memoir, the author relates the extraordinary life of her mother.
Les Belles Étrangères (incl. 1 CD)
Collectif
Gallimard 2007
An anthology of unpublished texts, excerpts from novels, poems, comics, either written originally in French or translated, displaying various aspects of contemporary Lebanese literature written by 12 Lebanese writers having all experienced, whether first-hand or from afar, the civil war in Lebanon.
Beirut, I Love You: A Memoir
Zeina el-Khalil
Saqi 2009
Young Zena and her best friend Maya try to make sense of their lives amidst the craziness of Lebanon’s war, grief and love affairs, husband hunting and cosmetic surgery.
Because They Hate
Brigitte Gabriel
St. Martin’s Press 2006
Through her personal memoirs of her childhood when her village in South Lebanon was attacked by Muslim fundamentalists in 1975, the author describes the Lebanese civil war as the first front of what would later become the worldwide djihad, and blames the west for their ignorance and lack of understanding of the Middle-East depicting the historical, social, and religious aspects that resulted in this major critical conflict.
Groceryman: The Hamadys of Flint Michigan and the American Dream
Robert Lee Hamady
Planigale Press 2013
The story of the Hamady Druze family who left Lebanon in 1908 and built a family business in America, told by the patriarch’s grandson.
Beirut, Beirut
Sonallah Ibrahim
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publ. 2014
The author relates his experience of the civil war in Lebanon during a visit made to Beirut in November 1980, describing the chaos and the violence, but also life and love.
Al- I‘tirafat (Confessions)
Rabee Jaber
Al-Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Arabi 2008
Childhood memories of the civil war in Lebanon illustrating the impact of its brutality on every Lebanese.
Ra’ihat al-saboon
Elias Khoury
Dar al-Adab 2000
In this testimony, Elias Khoury tells about the Lebanese civil war that destroyed so much and killed so many… as if to erase the pain he suffered throughout this ordeal.
Zaman al-ihtilal (The Time of Occupation)
Elias Khoury
Mu’assasat al-Abhath al-‘Arabiyya 1985
A collection of articles testifying to the difficult period suffered by the Lebanese people after the Israeli invasion, aiming to represent a facet of the national resistance, and presenting various points of view and analysis.
Origins
Amin Maalouf
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008
A study of Lebanese culture and politics through a story set in the last quarter of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th in the mountains of Lebanon and in Havana, Cuba, recounting the saga of the author’s family.
Bidayat
Amin Maalouf
Dar al-Farabi 2004
A study of Lebanese culture and politics through a story set in the last quarter of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th in the mountains of Lebanon and in Havana, Cuba, recounting the saga of the author’s family.
Origines
Amin Maalouf
Grasset 2004
A study of Lebanese culture and politics through a story set in the last quarter of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th in the mountains of Lebanon and in Havana, Cuba, recounting the saga of the author’s family.
A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman
Wadad Makdisi Cortas
Nation Books 2009
Wadad Makdisi Cortas describes her experience of the events in the Middle East in the 20th century, including the French mandate, and her dedication towards an Arab identity based on religious tolerance and towards the education of women, until the “Palestine question,” Western interference, sectarian and religious division and civil war contributed to ruining her hopes and her country.
Dunia ahbabtuha
Wadad Makdisi Cortas
Al-Mu’assasa al-Ahliyya
Wadad Makdisi Cortas describes her experience of the events in the Middle East in the 20th century, including the French mandate, and her dedication towards an Arab identity based on religious tolerance and towards the education of women, until the “Palestine question,” Western interference, sectarian and religious division and civil war contributed to ruining her hopes and her country.
Bareed Mista3jil
Meem
Ciel 2009
A collection of true stories by Lebanese lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals.
Awraq min dafatir shajarat rumman (Pages from Notebooks of a Pomegrenate Tree)
May Menassa
Dar al-Nahar 1998
A woman’s memories of a family secret that hurt her more than the civil war in Lebanon.
Sous les branches du grenadier
May Menassa
Encre d’Orient 2012
A woman’s memories of a family secret that hurt her more than the civil war in Lebanon.
Makinat al-Khiyata (The Sewing Machine)
May Menassa
Riad el-Rayyes Books 2011
This autobiographical novel relates the author’s memories of her family interwoven with flashbacks of the Lebanese civil war.
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
Anthony Shadid
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012
This war correspondent restores his spirit by rebuilding his home and relating his family’s flight from Lebanon to America, while describing war and exile, and yearning for home.
Bye-Bye Babylon: Beirut 1975-79
Lamia Ziadé
Interlink Graphic 2010
A unique graphic memoir of a terrible war.
Bye-Bye Babylone Beyrouth 1975 1979
Lamia Ziadé
Denoël 2010
A unique graphic memoir of a terrible war.
Femmes du crépuscule [Femmes du crépuscule / Women of the Twilight] (french, english)
Evelyne Accad
L'Harmattan (french); Alfabarre (bilingual french/english) 2008, 2011
The struggles and pain of women around the world, including in Indiana-USA, Francfort-Germany, Beirut-Lebanon, and Paris-France, facing the Palestinian, christian, muslim, jewish realities; moral prejudice, refugee camps, physical and moral misery, social and political oppression, violence, the daily life in cities in a state of war…
Balafres ou Le silence de la Méditerranée
Ezza Agha Malak
L'Harmattan 2013
A story about war, love, friendship, hatred, the sacred, political power, faith and corruption… through a saga of the Lebanese war.
La Guerre m'a surprise à Beyrouth
Carmen Boustani
Karthala 2010
The testimony of the author on her writing throughout the civil war in Lebanon.
Le Silence du ténor
Alexandre Najjar
Plon 2006
The author's homage to his father, a tough lawyer who, after a long and prosperous career, suffered a heart attack.
My American Bride: a Tale of Love and War
Elie A. Salem
Quartet Books 2008
The author tells about his American wife whom he met in the USA, and who came with him to Lebanon where she stood by his side throughout his successful career, until she died.
 
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