305 books
Novel arabic[110] english[66] french[126]
Pourquoi il fait si sombre ?
Dominique Edde
Seuil 1998
A Lebanese woman comes back to Lebanon after the war and recalls forgotten memories: people and their personal stories during the war, all scarred by its violence.
Ahl al'Hawa [Les Illuminés] (arabic, french)
Hoda Barakat
arabic ed. Dar An-Nahar; french ed. translated by François Zabbal, Actes Sud; 1999, 1993
The main character of this novel is crippled and tries to find the reasons for his handicap in the war.
Hajar al-Dahik [The Stone of Laughter - La Pierre du Rire] (arabic, english, french)
Hoda Barakat
arabic ed. Riad el-Rayyess; english ed. translated by Sophie Bennett, interlinks books; french ed. Actes Sud;
The suffering brought by the Lebanese war shows through the behaviors of the characters of this novel.
La Maison sans racines [The Return to Beirut] (french, english)
Andree Chedid
french ed. Flammarion (Vieux Fonds); english ed. translated by Ros Schwartz, Serpents Tail; 1990, 1985
Lebanon -unhappily scarred by poverty, and hostility between Christian and Moslem factions- through 5 generations of a Lebanese family -those who emigrated and those who remained in their homeland- at three different times.
La Mue
Georges Corm
ed. No‘l Blandin 1992
The story of a country deceived, betrayed, cut up, by stronger countries, but with the enthusiastic complicity of its own countrymen, blinded by their passions, greedy for violence, searching for their salvation through the craziest self-destruction and unable to understand their collective suicide.
Ahl al-Thill
Rashid al-Daif
Dar Moukhtarat 1982
Emigration of Lebanese families after the Israeli attack in 1982.
Azizi al-Sayyid Kawabata [Dear Mr Kawabata - Cher Monsieur Kawabata] (arabic, english, french, and other languages)
Rashid al-Daif
arabic ed. Mokhtarat; Riad el-Rayyes; english ed. translated by Paul Starkey, Quartet Books; french ed. translated by Yves Gonzalez-Quijano, Actes Sud
During the last days of the Lebanese Civil War, a young lebanese man dying, writes a letter to Yasunari Kawabata, the Japanese novelist who won the 1968 Nobel Prize for literature and killed himslef in 1972; creating/imagining a dialogue with him about dying, free will and the value of memory.
Fushat Mustahdafa bayn al-Na'as wal-Nawm [Passage to Dusk - Passage au Crépuscule] (arabic, english, french)
Rashid al-Daif
arabic ed. Dar Mokhtarat; english ed. University of Texas Press; french ed. Actes Sud; 1986, 2001, 1992
This novel deals with the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s. and focuses on the state of mind created living on the scene through a lengthy war.
Ghaflat al-Tourab
Rashid al-Daif
Dar Moukhtarat 1991
Foreign countries want to send us boats to 'save' us out of Lebanon. Are we invaders in our own country?
Tikaniyyat al-Bou's
Rashid al-Daif
Riad el-Rayyes Books
Memories of every day life in Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War.
Ayyam Za'idat [Des jours en trop] (arabic, french)
Hassan Daoud
arabic ed. Dar al Jadeed; french ed. translated by Edwige Lambert, Actes-Sud/Sindbad; 1990 and 2000, 1998
A man dying, scared of death listens to his son telling him how easy it is, as if he were not afraid of his own death.
Binayat Mathilde [The house of Mathilde] [L'Immeuble de Mathilde] (arabic, english, french)
Hassan Daoud
arabic ed. Dar al-Tanwir; english ed. translated by Peter Theroux, Granta; french ed. translated by Youssef Seddik, Actes-Sud/Sindbad; 1983, 1998, 1998
The House of Mathilde, where all the events are almost a copy and an effect of the events of war happening all over Lebanon.
Lettre Posthume
Dominique Edde
Gallimard 1989
The story takes place a short while before the fightings between Christians which destroyed, beginning 1989 and in a short period of time, the East part of Beirut.
Les Moi Volatils des Guerres Perdues
Ghassan Fawaz
Seuil 1996
Reality and imagination, History and fiction.
Al Thill wal'Sada
Youssef Habchi Al-Achkar
Dar An-Nahar 1989
An account of the Lebanese war and its analysis through worried and upset characters.
Portrait Lil-Nisyan
Renee el-Hayeck
Al-Markaz Al-Thakafi Al-Arabi 1994
Without mentioning the war, Renee el-Hayeck tells a story in which every moment, each event let through a ray of the Lebanese memory.
Mamlakat al Gouraba [The Kingdom of Strangers] (arabic, english)
Elias Khoury
arabic ed. Dar al-Adab; english ed. Univ. of Arkansas Press; 1993, 1996
A novel about Lebanon besieged by civil war; a mosaic portrayal showing the chaos and despair suffered by its people.
Abwab Al-Madinah [Gates of the City] (arabic, english)
Elias Khoury
arabic ed. Dar el-Adab; english ed. Translated by Paula Haydar, Cloth; 1981, 1990, 1993
'The pains and ravages of civil war. A man wanders the labyrinths of Beirut out of the past and through the present into an uncertain future, following a trajectory much like that of the city itself. The problems of memory and forgetting, the linguistic and cultural struggles that have exploded the city for the past fifteen years.'
Al-Jabal al-Saghir [The Little Mountain - La Petite Montagne] (arabic, english, french)
Elias Khoury
arabic ed. Mouassassat al-Abhath al-Aarabiyat; french ed. Arléa; 1977, 1987
a series of short 'portraits' of the civil war, based, in part, on Khoury's own experiences.
Al-Wujuh al-Bayda' [Un Parfum de Paradis] (arabic, english, french)
Elias Khoury
arabic ed. Dar Ibn-Rushd; french ed. Arlea, Seuil; 1992, 1981
An emotional story of war and violence in Lebanon.
Rihlat Ghandi al-Saghir [Le Petit Homme et la Guerre] (arabic, french)
Elias Khoury , translated by Luc Barbulesco
arabic ed., french ed. Arléa; 1989, 1995
The tale of a humble shoe shiner living and working in Beirut coming apart during the recent Lebanese-Israeli war.
L'Enfant du Liban - Les Chemins de Nulle Part [The Roads to Nowhere, a Child of Lebanon] (french, english)
Mansour Labaky
french ed. Fayard; english ed. St Bede's Publications; 1986, 1987
The story of a Lebanese child who became an orphan because of the war, his friendship with another boy and his path towards 'a life of love and forgiveness'
Beyrouth ou La Fascination de la Mort
Issa Makhlouf
Passion 1988, 1998
An overwhelming account of life in Lebanon; the derisory and inhuman nature of events.
La Mémoire des Cèdres
Jacqueline Massabki, François Porel
Robert Laffont 1989
The Lebanese Civil War that ravaged the country but also divided members of a same family.
A House Not Her Own : stories from Beirut (arabic, english)
Emily Nasrallah , english ed. translated by Thuraya Khalil-Khouri
Charlottetown, P.E.I. Gynergy Books, 1992
Lebanon war stories carrying the cries of the destitute and oppressed.
Al Iklaa Aaks al-Zaman [Flight Against Time] (arabic, english, german, danish)
Emily Nasrallah
arabic ed. Naufal Group; english ed. translated by Issa Boullata, University of Texas Press; 1981, 1987
The anguish of parents whose children are touched by the 'contagion of emigration', before and because of the Civil Lebanese war.
Khoubzouna l'Yawmi
Emily Nasrallah
Naufal Group 1990
A poignant image of man's suffering during the war.
The fantastic Strokes of Imagination (bilingual: arabic-english)
Emily Nasrallah
Elias Modern Publishing House 1995
The despair engendered by the Lebanese war and the effect it had on Lebanese women.
L'Homme Assis
Selim Nassib
Balland 1991
An account by the Lebanese journalist Selim Nassib: Fourteen stories that tell about the mentality and the customs in the Middle East and the repetitive conflicts devastating this region.
Bayrut '75 [Beirut '75] (arabic, english)
Ghada Samman
arabic ed. Dar al-Taliaat; english ed. translated by Nancy N. Roberts, University of Arkansas Press; 1974, 1995
Through the stories of five characters who discover, in Beirut, they are victims of corruption, class discrimination and blind allegiance to tradition, the author defines the struggles of the Lebanese society, depicting prophetically the social and political causes of the Lebanese civil war in 1975.
Kawabis Bayrut [Beirut Nightmares] (arabic, english, french, and other languages)
Ghada Samman
arabic ed. Dar al-Taliaat; english ed. translated by Nancy N. Roberts, Quartet Books; 1976, 1997
At the height of the Lebanese Civil War, the narrator, trapped in her apartment for two weeks writes a series of vignettes peopled by those suffering in the conflict.
Aknus Al-Shams Aan Al-Sutuh [I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops] (arabic, english)
Hanan el-Sheikh
arabic ed. Dar al-Adab; english ed. translated by Catherine Cobham, Doubleday; 1994, 1998
Collection of short stories detailing the complexities of contemporary Arab life. Tenuously poised between the cultures of the East and the West.
Barid Bayrut [Beirut Blues - Poste Restante: Beyrouth] (arabic, english, french)
Hanan el-Sheikh
arabic ed. Riwayat al Hilal; english ed. Doubleday & Company, Inc.; french ed. Actes Sud; 1992, 1996, 1995
The problems and hopes of a part of this Lebanese society attached to their torn country, refusing to let go of real life and hide out in the unreal world of arms, or the false world of exile.
Hikayat Zahrah [The Story of Zahra] (arabic, english)
Hanan el-Sheikh
arabic ed. Dar al-Adab; english ed. translated by Peter Ford, Doubleday; 1990, 1996
Novel, illuminating the personal human tragedy of war and madness.
Sitt Marie-Rose
Etel Adnan , translated by Georgina Kleege
Post-Apollo Press 1978 and 1997
In Beirut., Marie-Rose because of her sympathies for the Palestinian refugees, and her love for a Palestinian man, has relinquished the protection of her people, the Christians.
Nahiyyat al-Bara'a [The Side of Innocence] (arabic, english)
Rashid al-Daif
arabic ed. Dar al-Massa; english ed. translated by Paula Haydar, Interlink Pub Group; 1997, 2001
The conditions of ordinary simple people in post-civil war Lebanon, who remain at the mercy of forces other than those of the legitimate authority.
Leaving Beirut, Women and the Wars Within
Mai Ghoussoub
Saqi Books 1997
The author describes her youth and the civil war in Lebanon in a plea for cultural diversity.
Blueprint for a Prophet
Carl Gibeily
Transworld Publishers 1997
A love story between a Christian Lebanese man and an English woman in war-torn Lebanon. A Muslim extremist. And a story about the 'arrow of time'
L'Occidentaliste
Hani Hammoud
Dar An-Nahar 1997
Revolt and disgust behind a feigned indifference.
Yawmiyat Hirr [What happened to Zekko] (arabic, english)
Emily Nasrallah
arabic ed. Dar Al-Kitab Al-Aalami; english ed. Naufal Group; 1997, 1998
A novel for children about the Lebanese war drawn from truth and fact, because 'we ought to remember and consider, so that the past will be a lesson for future generations'.
Beirut Nightmares [Kawabis Bayrut] (arabic, english, french, and other languages)
Ghada Samman
english ed. translated by Nancy N. Roberts, Quartet Books; arabic ed.; 1976, 1997
At the height of the Lebanese Civil War, the narrator, trapped in her apartment for two weeks writes a series of vignettes peopled by those suffering in the conflict.
Lubnaniyoun fi al-Mansa
Adel Sawma
Dar Al-Farabi 1997
This book -that seems to insist on not forgetting- is a collection of stories about characters in Lebanon during the civil war period, 1975-1990, the 'forgotten' who lived the war and paid the price with their lives, time and dreams.
Improvisations on a Missing String (arabic, english)
Nazik Saba Yared , translated by Stuart A. Hancox
The University of Arkansas Press 1997
A novel about an independent woman through her childhood in Palestine, her studies in Cairo, and finally as a teacher in Beirut; who struggles against traditional expectations to fulfill her own aspirations for belonging.
Coquelicot du Massacre
Evelyne Accad
L'Harmattan 1988
This novel is about the war in Lebanon and is accompanied by a cassette of songs she wrote and performed.
Koolaids: The Art of War
Rabih Alameddine
Picador Press 1998
Detailing the impact of the AIDS epidemic and the Lebanese civil war in Beirut on a circle of friends and family.
Harith al Miyah [Le Laboureur des Eaux] (arabic, french)
Hoda Barakat
arabic ed. Dar An-Nahar; french ed. Actes Sud; 1998, 1999
Sensual and strong epic in the ruins of a memory-city. Through the journey of Nicolas, the principal character of this novel, the reader scrapes off the dust and rediscovers the city from before the nothingness.
Khatt Al Fazaa
Idriss Bilmalih
World Book Publishing 1998
The Lebanese post-war society.
Cher Monsieur Kawabata [Dear Mr Kawabata - Azizi al-Sayyid Kawabata] (arabic, english, french, and other languages)
Rashid al-Daif
french ed. translated by Yves Gonzalez-Quijano, Actes Sud coll. Sindbad; arabic ed. Mokhtarat, 2nd ed. Riad el-Rayyes; english ed. translated by Paul 1998
During the last days of the Lebanese Civil War, a young lebanese man dying, writes a letter to Yasunari Kawabata, the Japanese novelist who won the 1968 Nobel Prize for literature and killed himslef in 1972; creating/imagining a dialogue with him about dying, free will and the value of memory.
Des jours en trop [Ayyam Za'idat] (arabic, french)
Hassan Daoud
french ed. translated by Edwige Lambert, Actes-Sud/Sindbad; arabic ed. Dar al Jadeed, 2 editions; 1998, 1990, 2000
A man dying, scared of death listens to his son telling him how easy it is, as if he were not afraid of his own death.
The house of Mathilde [L'Immeuble de Mathilde] [Binayat Mathilde] (arabic, english, french)
Hassan Daoud
english ed. translated by Peter Theroux, Granta; french ed. translated by Youssef Seddik, Actes-Sud/Sindbad; arabic ed. Dar al-Tanwir; 1998, 1998, 1983
The House of Mathilde, where all the events are almost a copy and an effect of the events of war happening all over Lebanon.
Sous le soleil d'Occident
Ghassan Fawaz
Seuil 1998
Paris,end of the seventies, two twenty-five years old Lebanese students: a well-of Christian and a poor Muslim, remember the war.
Bab al-Shams [La Porte du soleil] (arabic, french)
Elias Khoury
arabic ed. Dar al-Adab; french ed. Actes Sud; 1998, 2002
In an almost disused hospital of the Chatila camp in Lebanon, the narrator, in order to revive his spiritual father -a hero of the Palestinian resistance- from a coma, relates the Lebanese Civil War that has just ended, the most important events of his own existence and the often painful stories of men and women snatched by History after their expulsion from Palestine in 1948.
Les Identités Meurtrières
Amin Maalouf
Grasset 1998
An analysis of our present societies and the necessity to redefine identity; its present definition being the cause of massacres.
What happened to Zekko [Yawmiyat Hirr] (arabic, english)
Emily Nasrallah
english ed. Naufal Group; arabic ed. Dar Al-Kitab Al-Aalami; 1998, 1997
A novel for children about the Lebanese war drawn from truth and fact, because 'we ought to remember and consider, so that the past will be a lesson for future generations'.
Asabi' Mariam
Aida Saidi
World Book Publishing 1998
A child in south Lebanon after the Israeli Invasion
I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops [Aknus Al-Shams Aan Al-Sutuh] (arabic, english)
Hanan el-Sheikh
english ed. translated by Catherine Cobham, Doubleday; arabic ed. Dar al-Adab; 1998, 1994
Collection of short stories detailing the complexities of contemporary Arab life. Tenuously poised between the cultures of the East and the West.
The Perv: Stories
Rabih Alameddine
Edited by Michael Denneny 1999
Collection of seven loosely related stories which explore the world of Lebanese survivors whom the crises of modernity have made homeless, whether they stayed in Lebanon or joined the diaspora abroad; the relationships within the traditional Lebanese family when that tradition is shattered by a decade of civil war.
Dent d'Amour
Therese Aouad Basbous
L'Harmattan 1999
Pursuing what slips away from the touch of the words that are so dampened and dissolved in the life of 'others'.
Youmna (arabic)
Samir Atallah
Dar An-Nahar 1999
Beauty and sufferings of Lebanon, before and after Israel destroyed the Lebanese civilian airplanes in Beirut airport.
Contes et Nouvelles du Liban
Edouard Azouri
Librairie Orientale 1999
Poetry, literature, and thoughts about the life of the Lebanese people.
Mémoires d'Ailleurs
Edouard Azouri
Dar An-Nahar 1999
A love story written by a psychiatrist.
Le Laboureur des Eaux [Harith al Miyah] (arabic, french)
Hoda Barakat
french ed. Actes Sud; arabic ed. Dar An-Nahar; 1998, 1999
Sensual and strong epic in the ruins of a memory-city. Through the journey of Nicolas, the principal character of this novel, the reader scrapes off the dust and rediscovers the city from before the nothingness.
Les Illuminés [Ahl al'Hawa] (arabic, french)
Hoda Barakat
french ed. translated by François Zabbal, Actes Sud; arabic ed. Dar An-Nahar; 1999, 1993
The main character of this novel is crippled and tries to find the reasons for his handicap in the war.
L'Enfant Multiple
Andree Chedid
Librio 1999
The story of a child born in Lebanon, wounded the'absurd civil war' and by the death of his parents. And who will discover peace and hope through his friendship with thedifferent excentric characters of this book.
Dear Mr Kawabata [Azizi al-Sayyid Kawabata - Cher Monsieur Kawabata] (arabic, english, french, and other languages)
Rashid al-Daif
english ed. translated by Paul Starkey, Quartet Books; french ed. translated by Yves Gonzalez-Quijano, Actes Sud coll. Sindbad; arabic ed. Mokhtarat; 1999, 1998, 1995, 2001
During the last days of the Lebanese Civil War, a young lebanese man dying, writes a letter to Yasunari Kawabata, the Japanese novelist who won the 1968 Nobel Prize for literature and killed himslef in 1972; creating/imagining a dialogue with him about dying, free will and the value of memory.
Unreal City
Tony Hanania
Bloomsbury 1999
The narrator, a rich and educated Lebanese from the mountains, returns to the ruined city, Beirut, haunted by memories of his country's fractured past to search for the mistress who betrayed him in his youth.
Beyrouth au Coeur
Nadia Khouri-Dagher
L'Harmattan 1999
A emotional account of every day life in post-war Lebanon.
L'Ecole de la Guerre
Alexandre Najjar
Balland 1999
After 7 years of absence, the narrator comes back to Beirut and remembers events of the war: tragic and comical ones, others atrocious and moving.
La Promise
Nohad Salameh
L'Harmattan 1999
The memory of yesteryear's Lebanon, now devastated by the war.
Le Prince des Cyniques
Ramzi T. Salameh
FMA/Buchet Chastel 1999
The Lebanese as they are, sell-outs, greedy for power, obsessed with profit, and incapable of remembering lessons of the past.
Les Livres d'Anne
Laurice Schehadeh
Dar An-Nahar 1999
Childhood, time flying away, and love.
Voyages en Cancer
Evelyne Accad
L'Harmattan 2000
The personal and social acceptance of cancer, and life that goes on.
Des Mots et des Hommes
Therese Aouad Basbous
L'Harmattan 2000
Reconstitution with words of an almost vanished past, of a moving experience that took place.
Tajaeed al-Ahlam
Chakib Khoury
Presset 2000
Lebanon since 1958, through characters, dialogues and situations.
ANA, HIYA, ANTI
Elham Mansour
Riad el-Rayyes Books 2000
A novel about the homosexuality amongst women in the Middle-Eastern society where they already are considered as being inferior -so how dare they show another flaw?!-. A subject that also attacks this male society showing the inability of men to satisfy women.
Khiam (french)
Alexandre Najjar
Dar An-Nahar 2000
A tribute to those who survided the hell of the Israeli sinister prison located in Lebanon.
Les Broussailles
Nadim Takieddine
Dar An-Nahar 2000
Aphorisms in French and Arabic.
I, The Divine: A Novel in First Chapters
Rabih Alameddine
W.W. Norton & Company 2001
The story of Sarah, daughter of a Lebanese man and an American woman and her struggles since her parents divorced, and throughout her love life. And her life as a well known painter.
Azizi al-Sayyid Kawabata [Dear Mr Kawabata - Cher Monsieur Kawabata] (arabic, english, french, and other languages)
Rashid al-Daif
2nd ed. in arabic, Riad el-Rayyes; arabic ed. Mokhtarat; english ed. translated by Paul Starkey, Quartet Books; french ed. translated by Yves Gonzale
During the last days of the Lebanese Civil War, a young lebanese man dying, writes a letter to Yasunari Kawabata, the Japanese novelist who won the 1968 Nobel Prize for literature and killed himslef in 1972; creating/imagining a dialogue with him about dying, free will and the value of memory.
Passage to Dusk [Fushat Mustahdafa bayn al-Na'as wal-Nawm - Passage au Crépuscule] (arabic, english, french)
Rashid al-Daif
english ed. University of Texas Press, 2001; arabic ed. Dar Mokhtarat 1986; french ed. Actes Sud, 1992; 2001, 1986, 1992
This novel deals with the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s. and focuses on the state of mind created living on the scene through a lengthy war.
The Side of Innocence [Nahiyyat al-Bara'a] (arabic, english)
Rashid al-Daif
english ed. translated by Paula Haydar, Interlink Pub Group; arabic ed. Dar al-Massa; 2001, 1997
The conditions of ordinary simple people in post-civil war Lebanon, who remain at the mercy of forces other than those of the legitimate authority.
Yalo (arabic, french)
Elias Khoury
Dar Al-Adab (arabic), Actes Sud (french); The french edition is translated by Rania Samara; 2001, 2004
The Lebanese society through the eyes of a combatant: his life with his family before the Lebanese Civil War, his experience as a combatant, and his post-war life.
Open House
Nabil A. Saleh
Quartet Books, Incorporated 2001
Spy thriller set in 1940s Beirut, where everyone is a spy or the spouse of one, keeps or divulges information to serve a personal, national or international cause.
Ain Wardé (arabic)
Jabbour Doueihy
Dar An-Nahar 2002
The author tells the story, beyond the ghost of the war, of the life of his characters; inhabitants of a village close to Beirut where Mar Nohra is known to be the saint who cures eye diseases.
La Porte du soleil [Bab al-Shams] (arabic, french)
Elias Khoury , translated by Rania Samara
french ed. Actes Sud; arabic ed. Dar al-Adab; 2002, 1998
In an almost disused hospital of the Chatila camp in Lebanon, the narrator, in order to revive his spiritual father -a hero of the Palestinian resistance- from a coma, relates the Lebanese Civil War that has just ended, the most important events of his own existence and the often painful stories of men and women snatched by History after their expulsion from Palestine in 1948.
La Mallette
Ezza Agha Malak
Jarrous Tripoli 1996
The life of post-war human society.
La Pierre du Rire [Hajar al-Dahik - The Stone of Laughter] (french, arabic, english)
Hoda Barakat
french ed. Actes Sud; arabic ed. Riad el-Rayyess; english ed. translated by Sophie Bennett, interlinks books;
The suffering brought by the Lebanese war shows through the behaviors of the characters of this novel.
The Kingdom of Strangers [Mamlakat al Gouraba] (arabic, english)
Elias Khoury
english ed. Univ. of Arkansas Press; arabic ed. Dar al-adab; 1996, 1993
A novel about Lebanon besieged by civil war; a mosaic portrayal showing the chaos and despair suffered by its people.
L'Enfant et la Ville
Georges N. Rubeiz
Dar An-Nahar 1996
Beirut, beautiful and carefree before the war; disfigured and petrified in its military uniform, after the war.
Beirut Blues [Barid Bayrut - Poste Restante: Beyrouth] (arabic, english, french)
Hanan el-Sheikh
english ed. Doubleday & Company, Inc.; arabic ed. Riwayat al Hilal; french ed. Actes Sud; 1996, 1992, 1995
The problems and hopes of a part of this Lebanese society attached to their torn country, refusing to let go of real life and hide out in the unreal world of arms, or the false world of exile.
The Story of Zahra [Hikayat Zahrah] (arabic, english)
Hanan el-Sheikh , english ed. translated by Peter Ford
Doubleday; arabic ed. Dar al-Adab; 1996, 1990
Novel, illuminating the personal human tragedy of war and madness.
Petite Terre, Vaste Rêve
Andree Chedid
Fayard/Pauvert 2002
18 short stories reflecting Man "when he procreates in denial, invents himself in creation, thus multiplying the reach of his destiny". "The author captures bits of a world that, far from noise and worries, would be a place of balance and serene and optimistic reflection".
Londres, Mon Amour
Hanan el-Sheikh , translated by Rania Samara
Actes Sud 2002
Lamis -a young and beautiful Iraki woman who's just divorced-, Amira -a moroccan prostitute pretending she's a princess from the Gulf-, Samir -a Lebanese transvestite-, and Nicholas -an oriental antiques expert who works for Sotheby's-; all four arrive to London at the same time. This novel is about their lives in cosmopolitan London where so many different people are.
Le Système Boone
Percy Kemp
Albin Michel 2002
The story of the battle of a "Club House" -Her Majesty's Secret Service- agent to preserve his quiet way of life on the shores of the Mediterranean, a pleasant life disturbed by the anti-terrorist battle. This book sheds light on the secrets and behind the scenes, the rivalries and manipulations dominating the life of double agents and spies.
Lady Virus
Alexandre Najjar
Balland 2002
An espionage thriller dealing with terrorism: After letters containing anthrax contaminated people all over the U.S.A., Meg, a renowned microbiologist hired by the CIA, conducts an investigation taking her from New York to Amman to Amsterdam to Beirut, on the trail of "Lady Virus", the woman responsible for the Iraqi bacterial program.
Le bus des gens biens
Najwa Barakat
Stock (coll. La Cosmopolite) 2002
In the deserted square of a city in the North of the Arabic peninsula, an old bus with a dozen strange passengers, a strange driver, starts a journey in the miidle of the night which encourages telling secrets . . and lies.
L'Amour loup
Anouar Benmalek
Pauvert 2002
The tragic love story, in Lebanon during the israeli/palestinian conflict in the eighties, between a Algerian future engineer and a Palestian Medical student.
Le couvent de la Lune ou Deir el-Kamar à travers le temps
Carole Dagher
Plon 2002
A flash-back on 19th century Lebanon, under Béchir II Chéhab - a period rich with events, intrigues, military prouesses, and friendship and loyalty-, through this historical and sentimental novel.
The Cyclist
Viken Berberian
Simon & Schuster pub. 2002
Through this psychological study of a terrorist’s mind -a man whose religious affiliation, national identity, and political beliefs are not mentioned- in post-war Beirut, who from being an innocent man became "a dangerous young man cruising toward Beirut with a bomb on his back", the author portrays, in this novel, what happens to a group of young people who grow up surrounded and traumatized by continuous violence.
Zyad ou l’évanescence
Louis Ingea
Dar An-Nahar 2002
The story of Zyad - a man from the Lebanese mountain clinging to his traditions and who only dreams of traveling-, and Anna -a girl from Beirut who's holding on to her war-torn country-.
Marie-Luce Bruyère, ou la vie d'un étudiant en France
Georges Saad
Atelier de création libertaire 2002
The life of a Lebanese student in Paris, and his love story with Marie.
Visage Retrouvé
Wajdi Mouawad
Actes Sud 2002
Wahab, a 14 year old boy comes back home one day after school and doesn't recognize his mother's face. Reality starts breaking up before his eyes. While his initiation to the lies in the world begins, he runs away from home, beyond himself and, within a few days, alone and almost going mad, he'll experiment fear and beauty, with an underlying anger.
Menus Détails
Rafif Fattouh , translated by Naoum Abi-Rached; preface Salah Stetie
L'Harmattan (coll. Ecritures arabes) 2001
Short stories written at the beginning of the eighties, in war-torn Beirut, relating terribles events: a suicide, unexpected reunions, …all with the war background.
Privilège des morts
Venus Khoury-Ghata
Balland 2001
Wandering through memory, the author tells the story of characters who are neither dead nor alive, neither past nor present, between the past and insanity, dream and reality; since the "privilege of the dead" is that they remain amongst us, if the tragedy didn't end during their life.
Le Message
Andree Chedid
Flammarion (Fiction Française) 2000
In war-torn Beirut, Marie is shot on her way to meet her lover. She still finds the strength to write him a note telling him "I was coming" and give it to an old woman, Anya. Gorgio, a repentant ex-sniper promises to get an ambulance. Each of the characters becomes a gardian of love in this land of massacre and hatred.
Asma une Jeune Fille du Liban
Elham Chamoun-Abdelnour
L'Harmattan 2000
Torn between religious faith and love, Asma drives the reader through a war-torn country, Lebanon.
The Boy from the Tower of the Moon
Anwar F. Accawi, Helene Atwan
Beacon Pr. 1999
A memoir of life in a small Lebanese village right after the Second World War.
D'Autres Images Ecrites
Nada Moghaizel Nasr
Dar An-Nahar 1999
Second work by Nada Moghaizel Nasr on images written on childhood, mothers, people . . in Lebanon.
Le bonheur à la queue glissante
Abla Farhoud
L'Hexagone 1998
The story of an illiterate Lebanese immigrant and of her solitude; who gradually lets the reader inside her memory.
Les Echelles du Levant
Amin Maalouf
LGF (Le Livre de Poche) 1998
Through the story of man, son of a turkish ottoman father and of an armenian mother exiled in Lebanon, and his relationship with a clandestine jewish girl, the author illustrates the dream of a peaceful non-sectarian Lebanon.
Les Saisons de passage
Andree Chedid
Flammarion (Documents) 1996
In 80 short texts, the author describes her mother throughout various places and times. Memories combining reality and fiction.
L'Ombre d'une Ville
Elie-Pierre Sabbag
Buchet Chastel 1994
After the Lebanese Civil War, Athanase, the narrator, revives the past and the memory of this conflict through telling his story with his circle of friends to a young Lebanese immigrant, the daughter of one of these friends who committed suicide.
Images Ecrites
Nada Moghaizel Nasr
FMA 1994
Images written on childhood, mothers, people ... in Lebanon.
La Honte du Survivant
Le Ciel n'est Jamais l'Ennemi

Alexandre Najjar
ed. Naaman (2nd ed.) 1991
Two stories that testify about the war in lebanon: the first one is about the fiendship between a Lebanese combattant and a French journalist in a military camp; the second one tells the tragedy of a young university student whose life changed the day he was wounded by shrapnels.
The Return to Beirut [La Maison Sans Racines] (english, french)
Andree Chedid , translated by Ros Schwartz
Serpent's Tail 1989
The story of fascinating independent women of the upper class and their struggle for the simplest things of meaning to them, while bound by the society and traditions they live within.
Mondes, Miroirs, Magies
Andree Chedid
Flammarion (Fiction Française) 1988
This book out of reality, memoirs and dreams aims to show the unity amongst men -death, tragedy and joy, laughter and tears- and that life always carries something that last and that is shared.
Derrière les Visages
Andree Chedid
Flammarion (Castor poche); (9 stories from "Les corps et le temps" published in 1978 by Ed. Flammarion + unpublished story); 1984
Nine short stories, most of them located in Egypt and in Lebanon, aiming to tell about the human heart that knows no boundaries and no frontiers.
Damour, Man Anti (arabic)
Farid Gharib, Michel Gharib
World book publishing 1978
Damour until January 19th, 1976: date of the massacre perpetrated by Palestinians against the Lebanese civilians.
L'Autre
Andree Chedid
Flammarion (Fiction Française) 1992 (1st ed. 1969)
This novel tells about the fight against death through the story of a man who struggles to save an other man. The complicity between an old oriental man with a heart like a child's, and a young westerner as blasé as an old man illustrating a dialogue between two different civilizations.
Khawaja
Mohammed Taan
L'Harmattan (Ecritures Arabes) 2002
During the 1980s in Lebanon when inter-sectarian conflict reached its peak; in a Beirut shelter, the Khawaja, a strange old man who is attempting everything to get his home back, tells a doctor he met and developed friendship towards the sacred task destiny entrusted him with and that war is threatening.
The Last Migration
Jade el Hage
Panache Publications 2002
The story of Ashraf Saad, a Lebanese journalist living in England -having left Lebanon at the beginning of the Lebanese Civil War-, and who, after divorcing from his Lebanese wife and with his two daughters living in Australia, falls in love with Claire who dies in an accident in Mexico, then has a love affair with Jenny whom he breaks up with to end up with his closest friend, Anna. " . . beneath its entertaining surface it portrays the bewildered restlessness of the Lebanese Diaspora, forced out of their deeply-loved homeland by the civil war of 1975-93. However successful and adaptable they may appear to be in their new countries they are profoundly aware of what has been lost — in Lebanon and in themselves."
YAWM AL-DEEN
Rasha Al-Amir
Dar Al-Jadeed 2002
The author reports the ideas and words of a Sheikh on the subject of religious fanatism.
INSY AL-SIYYARA
Rashid Al-Daif
Riad el-Rayyes books 2002
The story of a 35 years’ old man whose father decides to marry again after he is widowed. His attempts to stop this wedding with the help of his girlfriend. A novel told on a backgroung of regretting the period of the Lebanese Civil War when people could get rich easily and fast. Also describing the relationship between the Lebanese –those living in Lebanon and those living in the USA- with the Americans.
AYYAM BAYRUT
Nazek Saba Yared
Dar Al-Kitab Al-Alami 2002
The adventures of Farid in Beirut -a city he had never been to before- with good people he meets on his way, throughout his journey.
SIRNA Al-LISTA
Jawad Sidawi
Dar Al-Farabi 2002
The narrator wonders about life, old age and death (the different kinds of deaths); in Lebanon after the Civil War.
MARYAM AL-HAKAYA
Alawiyya Al-Solh
Dar Al-Adab 2002
Different stories told to Maryam by members of a Shi’ite community that had to leave South-Lebanon to come and work in Beirut; highlighting aspects of their life which others outside the community would consider as shameful and unthinkable considering the oriental standards, beliefs and taboos, but that are current in this community.
BAYRUT WA NAHR AL-KHIYANAT
Mohammad Ali Al-Yusufy
Dar Al-Farabi 2002
A novel about the obsession of a Lebanese immigrant with a woman he left in Lebanon during the Civil War, who had had a number of “boyfriends”. His return to her after the war.
SUKKAN AL-SOUR
Mohammad Abi Samra
Dar An-Nahar 2003
A story depicting social characteristics of a Lebanese community in a Lebanese region.
BAYRUT 2002
Renee Al-Hayek
Al-Markaz Al-Thakafy Al-Arabi 2003
A novel separated in parts; each one relative to one of the characters: three young AUB students during the year 2002; their life in the city of Beirut, in Hamra street, Bliss street, their dorms, and Monnot street, and one of these students’ grandfather recalling all his memories of Lebanon.
SAKR QURAYSH
Karam Melhem Karam
Dar An-Nahar 2003
Historical novel.
SAKHRAT AL-RAWSHE
Latifa Al-Hage Kudaih
Dar Al-Farabi 2003
Haifa wonders why this young man she has been seeing for some time now and who had never showed strong feelings towards her, suddenly tells her he loves her; “does he really love her? Or the psychology student she is?”
SAHRA TANAKKURIYYA LIL-MAWTA
Ghada Samman
Ghada Samman Publ. 2003
Seven Lebanese immigrants and a French doctor come for the holidays to Beirut “this city that has changed or isn’t anymore”, a city of social, regional and international struggles, where free men are at a risk of choking; so they leave or dream of leaving.
YAWMIYYAT MOUHAJER
Mahmoud Shreih
Dar Nelson 2003
A compilation of thoughts of a Lebanese immigrant written between 1992 and 1997 in Budapest, in Vienna but mostly in France, and were published in Arabic newspapers.
TAWAKKAFU, UREED AN ANZIL
Fawzi Yammine
Dar An-Nahar 2003
Various ideas and thoughts of the author on a number of subjects to be interpreted differently by the different readers.
Crescent
Diana Abu-Jaber
Norton, W. W. & Company Inc. 2003
Through this love story set in the Arab-American community of Los Angeles of thirty-nine-year-old Sirine who lived with a devoted Iraqi-immigrant uncle and worked as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant, the author locates the reasons behind the financial and political success of Middle-East immigrants despite racism.
Somewhere, Home
Nada Awar Jarrar
Random House 2003
A novel about the lives of three women who live through war, displacement, separation and exile but are all linked by a special house in Mount Lebanon which is a sentimental symbol of home.
La Vision
Jean Salme
Ed. Jean Salme 2003
This novel that takes place in Beirut is about the eternal love of a man for a woman he never ended up marrying because of particular circumstances.
HAYY Al-LIJA
Balkis Al-Houmani
Al-Sharikat Al-Aalamiyat Lil Kitab, 1996
A novel detailing the life of refugees from the South in Beirut.
AL KATIBAT
Therese-Aouad Basbous
1993
A novel set against war-torn Beirut.
Samarcande
Amin Maalouf
JC Lattès 1988
This novel is about the Persia of Omar Khayyam, poet and astronomist, but also that of Hassan Sabbay, founder of the Assassins order.
La dernière des croisés : Esclavagisme et Enfance
Ezza Agha Malak
1998
The story of a 9 years' old little girl in the cruel city of Tripoli.
Romans
Andree Chedid
Flammarion (Mille & une pages); 1998
9 novels
The Qadi and the Fortune Teller
Nabil Saleh
Interlinks Publ. 1998
The diary of Sheikh 'Abdallah bin Ahmad bin Abu Bakar al-Jabburi a Muslim judge in Ottoman Beirut during 1843, is found hidden in a wall of a house in the rubble of Beirut in the late 1970s. It "tells of his work as a judge, the cases he has to deal with amid the political conspiracies and diplomatic intrigues of the times and the impact they have on his relations with others."
Les portes de la nuit
Ezza Agha Malak
Editions des écrivains 1999
Myriam, a very intuitive young woman who also has premonitory dreams, meets, in real life, with the man she had been dreaming about repetitively.
Outremer
Nabil Saleh
Interlinks Publ. 1999
This novel is set in the 13th century Levant. It is about "Oriental and Western Christians, Mamelukes and other Muslims, Jews and Druzes [who] spend their lives in war and peace, compromise and confrontation, as their heirs do today as if nothing has changed and no lessons learned."
The Square Moon: Supernatural Tales
Ghada Samman , translated by Issa J. Boullata
University of Arkansas Press 1999
Ten short stories "where Arabic tradition melds with both the modern European world and a Gothic strata of the supernatural.." highlighting issues such as murder and relationships with women. Tensions between the sexes and between identities.
La Femme de mon mari
Ezza Agha Malak
2001
A lively image of Lebanese life based on real historical facts that occurred in the city of Tripoli where a revolution and civil war were happening in 1958.
Récits Roses
Ezza Agha Malak
2001
Two different stories: "Le Rôdeur Nocturne" starts with a rat that entered stealthily in the author's house and settled down in her piano; The second story is about homosexuality, a taboo subject in the Lebanese society. Both stories take place in Tripoli, the author's native town, and are told on its historical, social, geographical and cultural background.
The Eye of the Mirror (Arab Women Writers)
Liyanah Badr , Edited by Fadia Faqir, Translated Samira Kawar
Garnet Pub Ltd 2001
The author tells the about the upbringing of Aisha in Tal el-Zaatar Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon during the siege imposed by the Phalangist militias in 1976.
Liban, écrits nomades - Volume 1
Yves Laplace, Robert Marinier, Jean-Yves Picq, Koffi Kwahulé
Carnières 2001
Plays and stories, related directly and indirectly to Beirut, by nine authors and a photographer from 3 continents inspired by their one month stay in the city of Byblos in Lebanon.
Liban, écrits nomades - Volume 2
Joseph Kodeih, Mohamed Kacimi, Florent Couao-Zotti
Carnières 2001
Plays and stories, related directly and indirectly to Beirut, by nine authors and a photographer from 3 continents inspired by their one month stay in the city of Byblos in Lebanon.
Les Enfants de la louve
Georges N. Rubeiz
FMA 2001
Through this apparently light humorous novel, the author tells about the historical, socio-political and cultural aspects defining the lebanese identity.
Le cimetière des rêves
Hanan el-Sheikh
Actes Sud (Babel) 2002
Stories about Arab women, whether they are Moroccan or Lebanese or Yemenite, who affirm their independence.
Maria Aparecida
Yasmina Traboulsi
Mercure de France 2002
A liveky image of Bahia that can be mistaken for an image of Beirut, with its dust, misery and opulence through 14 short stories depicting the strength and incredible mystery of absence.
Le Berceau du monde : Orient - Opéra
Fady Stephan
Verticales (Littérature française) 2003
The author, an Archeology and East-Semitic languages teacher, leads the reader through a lyrical and poetic journey in Lebanon describing it as a land of mythical legends as well as a land that welcomed people of all religions, of different beliefs and philosophical sects and where people hoped unity and reconciliation were possible.
Les carnets d’Urbain de Valsère
Gerard Khoury
Dar An-Nahar, Geuthner, 2003
This novel, a mix of facts and fiction, starts with the true story of the author finding 27 unsigned beautiful drawings in an antiques store in the 80s. He identified the locations and the period, thus discovering the importance of these documents relatively to the French-Lebanese relations.
Le Moine, l'Ottoman et la Femme de l’Argentier
Venus Khoury-Ghata
Actes Sud 2003
During the 18th century, a young inexperienced monk falls in love with a woman he was supposed to bring back to her husband after she ran away with an Ottoman lord, and discovers Islam during his journey.
The Bullet Collection
Patricia Sarafian Ward
Graywolf press 2003
A novel about the scars of war on a Lebanese family living in exile, its impact on helpless children: one of two sisters recounting the story on growing up in wartime Beirut when her younger sister used to collect bullets, grenades, shrapnel and put them on her bedroom shelves.
The Brothers (arabic, english)
Milton Hatoum
translated into Arabic at Dar Al-Farabi; Bloomsbury publ. 2003
A novel written by a -51 years’ old- Lebanese-Brazilian writer -born in Brazil and who visited Lebanon for the first time in 1990- “set among the Lebanese immigrant community in Manaus during the last years of the rubber boom in Brazil”, telling the story of Omar and Yacub, “identical twins who despise each other intensely”. The family sends Yacub to Lebanon, to keep the brothers from killing each other. 5 years later, Yacub is back, as or more full of hatred. As of Omar, he has become “over-indulged and self-destructive, with a penchant for binge drinking and reckless womanizing”.
The Square Moon: Spernatural Tales (arabic, english)
Ghada Samman , translated from Arabic by Issa J. Boullata
The University of Arkansas Press 1999
A collection of 10 stories with characters -Lebanese immigrants- haunted by Memories of their native land and continuously attempting to “reconcile changes in the geographical and cultural landscape of their lives”.
Nourrir les Dieux ou Mourir
François Harfouche
France Europe ed. 2003
A doctor comes across fascinating signals that he does not know whether to interpret if they are directly destined to him or if they are dictating to his patients, through him, their health bulletin.
UBUR AL-RUKAM
Antoine Al-Duwaihi
Dar An-Nahar 2003
"In this dream, I felt like flying away, as I usually do when the night approaches. But this time, it was early morning. And I was not alone as usual, there were two persons with me. A man and a woman whose faces I cannot remember quite clearly… I think the woman was "Vienna’s Airport Woman" and the man, someone who had died with his brother while I was living in exile…"
AL-MASHHAD Al-AKHEER
May Menassa
Dar An-Nahar 2003
Five Stories, each one about a theater actor…
ASHYA BASEETA
Nada Moughaizel Nasr
Dar An-Nahar 2003
"One day, images came to my mind… I picked them in the language they came in and wrote them down serenely. I did not consider myself a writer, and thought that idea funny, stupid…"
MAKIAJ KHAFEEF LI HATHIHI AL-LAYLA
Hassan Daoud
Riad el-Rayyes Books 2003
"The make-up I put that evening, I needed it to be thick to cover the marks that did not disappear from my cheeks or from around my eyes, and very colorful, because I had lost my original color. The lady employees of the company had started encouraging me to use make-up, telling me that make-up suits no one as much as it suits me. Because my skin is pale, as they said, and my eyelashes need kohl to enlighten my eyes. In his house, walking through his belongings that are not where they should be, I realized how tidy and bright I was. I walked ahead of him, but, while he was walking behind me, I was as if moving following my instinct to where he was going."
AYYUHUMA HUA
Elham Mansour
Riad el-Rayyes Books 2003
"At the end of the first day, we all prayed and went to bed. I cannot describe the first night we spent in the convent; I slept alone in a bed. It was the first time this had ever happened to me. I used to sleep in my mother’s bed on the floor. Her warmth was enough for me, even during the coldest nights. I did not feel warm during that night, even though it was summer. I stayed awake the whole night, almost shivering. Was it the cold? No, it was this fast travel in time: In one day, I had crossed a distance equal to many years, I had crossed the distance and the time period between the gas lamp and the electric lamp. Can this happen in a few hours?"
La Belle Sunamite
Lutfallah Manasseh
Dar An-Nahar 2003
The author tells the story of the beautiful Abishag who, after being close to King David, was coveted by his son Adonias who wanted to affirm his right to the throne by marrying the concubine of the deceased king… A hard task for the author considering the difficulty of overcoming the prejudgments often aroused by the Old Testament where unraveling myths and facts is so complicated.
Beyrouth ne pardonne pas
Carol Ajami , Preface by Pierre-Jean Remy
Dar An-Nahar 2004
This book tells about Lebanon and France, about silence after a war, rumor inside hearts, and the sound of fury in the lives of those like us.
Immortalis (french)
Elias Jabre
Ed. du Masque 2004
Science Fiction novel telling the story of a modern alchemist, a genetics expert who found the formula for man to be eternal… The anguish of death will be replaced by absolute perplexity, but most will sign for such a life-contract…
Partition Libre Pour Isabelle
Yasmine Khlat
Seuil 2004
After a long stay in the African continent, Jean comes back to Lebanon, sick, to live by his sister Isabelle. She looks after him while evoking memories of a wild childhood and building an impossible future.
Ville A Vif
Imane Hemaidan Younes
Verticales 2004
About the Civil War in Lebanon and its consequences on family life through the portrait of four women illustrating four attitudes towards this drama : silence, scream, impetuosity, resignation.
Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut
Salma Abdelnour
Broadway Books 2012
Having fled from Beirut in the 1980s, 9 year’ old Salma Abdelnour and her family start a new life in the States. Yet, still considering Lebanon as her home, she finally goes back and has to deal with the new realities of life in vibrant and troubled Beirut.
A Girl Made of Dust
Nathalie Abi-Ezzi
Fourth Estate 2008
During the 1980s, 10 year’ old Ruba living in her family home in a village outside Beirut watches the civil war tearing Lebanon apart.
38, rue Youssef Semaani
Zeina Abirached
Cambourakis 2006
The shape of this book allows multiple readings through the various possible ways to unfold a series of three times five strips, each dedicated to the occupant of a building, the building where the author spent her childhood, all together forming a community of neighbours, their daily life and light conflicts.
Agatha de Beyrouth
Zeina / Jacques Abirached / Jouet
Cambourakis 2011
This book is born from a performance that took place in Beyrouth in April 2009. Jacques Jouet wrote and Zeina Abirache drew live with an audience, during 24 hours, 24 episodes of this story set in a war-torn city.
Beyrouth Catharsis
Zeina Abirached
Cambourakis 2006
A story of a childhood in Lebanon in the 1980s through the words and angle of view of a little girl to whom war is close yet almost invisible, only “apparent” through distant sounds of explosions.
An Unnecessary Woman
Rabih Alameddine
Grove Press 2014
This novel depicts the portrait of a reclusive woman and her visions of past and present Beirut, describing her memories of the civil war in Lebanon and her own life.
Learning English
Rashid al-Daif
Interlink Books 2009
The narrator learns in the newspaper that his father was murdered, a victim of a vendetta that has spread fear and death in his village for generations. He goes back home where he must deal with the tough social environement where he was born, and with the story of his family.
Lernin Inglish
Rashid al-Daif
Al-Nahar; Riad El-Rayyes 1998, 2005
The narrator learns in the newspaper that his father was murdered, a victim of a vendetta that has spread fear and death in his village for generations. He goes back home where he must deal with the tough social environement where he was born, and with the story of his family.
Learning English
Rashid al-Daif
Actes-Sud 2001
The narrator learns in the newspaper that his father was murdered, a victim of a vendetta that has spread fear and death in his village for generations. He goes back home where he must deal with the tough social environement where he was born, and with the story of his family.
What Makes a Man? Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin
Rashid al-Daif
Univ. of Texas Press 2015
A “novelized biography” by Lebanese novelist Rashid al-Daif and and the riposte of German novelist Joachim Helfer demonstrating how attitudes toward sex and masculinity across cultural contexts are intertwined with the work of fiction, thereby highlighting the importance of fantasy in understanding the Other”; Rashid al-Daif talks about his encounter with gay Joachim Helfer, highlighting that the HIV virus is more widely-spread in gay communities, and not missing an opportunity to claim his heterosexuality loud and clear and say that life without women is colorless. This book also includes essays by specialists in Arabic and German literature shedding light on the discourse around sex between the two authors from different cultural contexts.
Awdat al-almani ila rushdihi (The Return of the German to His Senses)
Rashid al-Daif
Riad El-Rayye; Al-Saqi Book 2012
A “novelized biography” by Lebanese novelist Rashid al-Daif and and the riposte of German novelist Joachim Helfer demonstrating how attitudes toward sex and masculinity across cultural contexts are intertwined with the work of fiction, thereby highlighting the importance of fantasy in understanding the Other”; Rashid al-Daif talks about his encounter with gay Joachim Helfer, highlighting that the HIV virus is more widely-spread in gay communities, and not missing an opportunity to claim his heterosexuality loud and clear and say that life without women is colorless. This book also includes essays by specialists in Arabic and German literature shedding light on the discourse around sex between the two authors from different cultural contexts.
Who's Afraid of Meryl Streep?
Rashid al-Daif
Univ. of Texas Press 2014
The intimate story of a newlywed Lebanese couple, their struggle to deal with their own differences as well as with the rapidly evolving attitudes in Lebanon toward virginity, premarital sex, and abortion… depicting a portrait of love, lust, and marriage.
Tistifil Meryl Streep
Rashid al-Daif
Riad el-Rayyes Books 2001
The intimate story of a newlywed Lebanese couple, their struggle to deal with their own differences as well as with the rapidly evolving attitudes in Lebanon toward virginity, premarital sex, and abortion… depicting a portrait of love, lust, and marriage.
Qu’elle aille au diable Meryl Streep
Rashid al-Daif
Actes-Sud 2004
The intimate story of a newlywed Lebanese couple, their struggle to deal with their own differences as well as with the rapidly evolving attitudes in Lebanon toward virginity, premarital sex, and abortion… depicting a portrait of love, lust, and marriage.
Al-khulwa al-malakiyya (Royal Solitude)
Antoine al-Duwaihi
Dar al-Nahar 2001
A dead man who does not look like a combattant, but like a musician….
Ghareeqat buhayrat Moreh (Drowning in Lake Morez)
Antoine al-Duwaihi
Arab Scientific Publ. 2014
A Lebanese man and a French woman struggle to make their relationship work, despite the culture and the space separating them, in a novel showing how people, today, are often caught between different worlds.
Kitab al-hala (The Book of the Current State)
Antoine al-Duwaihi
Dar al-Nahar 1993
The author creates a new style combining poetry and prose inducing vision, dreams, and meditation.
Hadeeqat al-fajr (The Garden of Dawn)
Antoine al-Duwaihi
Dar al-Nahar 1999
Texts mirroring the author’s feelings in relation to reactions, thoughts and ideas on time, the body, women, cities, love….
Hamil al-warda al-urjuwaniyya (The Bearer of the Purple Rose)
Antoine al-Duwaihi
Arab Scientific Publ. 2013
A writer is arrested and imprisoned in “The Citadel of the Port” upon his return from a long exile in the West… and starts meditating on memories from his exile; love; his mother; the destruction of nature; history’s tragedy; strange fate, time and death.
Rutbat al-ghiyab (Hierarchies of Absence)
Antoine al-Duwaihi
Dar al-Nahar 2000
Book 2 of the “Hadeeqat al-fajr” trilogy: Texts mirroring the author’s feelings in relation to reactions, premonitions, thoughts and ideas concerning time, the body, women, cities, love….
Al-Khataya ash-sha'i'a (Common Sins)
Fatin al-Murr
Dar An-Nahar 1999
A story of love and resi­s­tance between South Lebanon, Beirut and London told from the perspec­tive of a female narrator.
Bayn intizarayn (Between Two Periods of Waiting): short stories
Fatin al-Murr
Dar al-Jadeed 1999
Two neighbors, a man and a woman, both refugees, who acquaintance develops into friendship then into a kind of love mirroring life in Lebanon, a love that lives by the day…
Haddithni ‘an al-Khiam
Fatin al-Murr
Dar al-Adab 2013
The joys, pains, disappointments and martyrs of a family living in the town of Khiam in South Lebanon, from the 1978 massacre to the liberation in 2000.
Women of Sand and Myrrh
Hanan el-Sheikh
Anchor 1992
The author relates the hard life of four women in an unnamed desert state.
Musk al-ghazal
Hanan el-Sheikh
Dar al-Adab 1988
The author relates the hard life of four women in an unnamed desert state.
Femmes de sable et de myrrhe
Hanan el-Sheikh
Actes-Sud 1993
The author relates the hard life of four women in an unnamed desert state.
Dreams Of Water
Nada Awar Jarrar
HarperCollins Publ. 2007
Only when a young man disappears does his worried family understand the deep bond of love that ties their family together.
A Good Land
Nada Awar Jarrar
HarperCollins 2008
This novel shows how the Lebanese continue to love their country despite the violence and fear they experienced during the war.
Death in Beirut
Tawfiq Yusuf Awwad
Lynne Rienner Publ. Inc 1984
In the years following the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967, Tamina leaves her poor Shi‘a village despite her family’s and community’s resistance, and goes to university in Beirut, where she works, studies, and learns about the dangers of anarchy and revolution, and comes in contact with the poorest Lebanese and with Palestinian refugees… just a few years before the civil war.
Tawahin Bayrut
Tawfiq Yusuf Awwad
Dar al-Adab publ. 1972
In the years following the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967, Tamina leaves her poor Shi‘a village despite her family’s and community’s resistance, and goes to university in Beirut, where she works, studies, and learns about the dangers of anarchy and revolution, and comes in contact with the poorest Lebanese and with Palestinian refugees… just a few years before the civil war.
Les moulins de Beyrouth
Tawfiq Yusuf Awwad
Actes-Sud 2012
In the years following the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967, Tamina leaves her poor Shi‘a village despite her family’s and community’s resistance, and goes to university in Beirut, where she works, studies, and learns about the dangers of anarchy and revolution, and comes in contact with the poorest Lebanese and with Palestinian refugees… just a few years before the civil war.
Oh, Salaam!
Najwa Barakat
Interlink Books 2014
A portray of the return to life after the end of the civl war, describing its consequences as well as those of gender violence through the story of three friends, an explosives expert, a sniper, and a torturer, who must make a life for themselves in a war-free country.
Ya salam
Najwa Barakat
Dar al-Adab 1999
A portray of the return to life after the end of the civl war, describing its consequences as well as those of gender violence through the story of three friends, an explosives expert, a sniper, and a torturer, who must make a life for themselves in a war-free country.
Ya salam!
Najwa Barakat
Actes-Sud 2012
A portray of the return to life after the end of the civl war, describing its consequences as well as those of gender violence through the story of three friends, an explosives expert, a sniper, and a torturer, who must make a life for themselves in a war-free country.
Ali and His Russian Mother
Alexandra Chreiteh
Interlink Books 2015
This story of two young people, a boy and a girl, with Russian mothers, at the outbreak of Lebanon’ July 2006 war, who flee to Moscow and bond on their way there, portrays Lebanon’s taboos surrounding gender, sexual, religious, and national identities.
‘Ali wa-ummuh al-Roosiyya
Alexandra Chreiteh
Arab Scientific Publ. 2009
This story of two young people, a boy and a girl, with Russian mothers, at the outbreak of Lebanon’ July 2006 war, who flee to Moscow and bond on their way there, portrays Lebanon’s taboos surrounding gender, sexual, religious, and national identities.
Always Coca-Cola
Alexandra Chreiteh
Interlink Books 2012
This story of 3 very different young women, Abeer, Jana, and Yasmine, attending a Beirut university, explores a specific Lebanese milieu and demonstrates how confused one may become because of naming, desire, identity, and branding issues.
Da’iman Coca-Cola
Alexandra Chreiteh
Arab Scientific Publ. 2009
This story of 3 very different young women, Abeer, Jana, and Yasmine, attending a Beirut university, explores a specific Lebanese milieu and demonstrates how confused one may become because of naming, desire, identity, and branding issues.
180 sunsets
Hassan Daoud
Saqi 2010
This is the story of a small Lebanese village that only included a few tourist shops until families gradually settled during the civil war, and of its multi-confessional inhabitants.
Mi’at wa-tamanun ghuruban
Hassan Daoud
Dar al-Saqi 2008
This is the story of a small Lebanese village that only included a few tourist shops until families gradually settled during the civil war, and of its multi-confessional inhabitants.
Cent quatre-vingts crepuscules
Hassan Daoud
Actes-Sud 2010
This is the story of a small Lebanese village that only included a few tourist shops until families gradually settled during the civil war, and of its multi-confessional inhabitants.
The Penguin's Song
Hassan Daoud
City Lights Publ 2014
This classic novel of the Lebanese civil war focuses on the trap of poverty, relating the story of a handicapped young man who erases the limits between what is normal and what is not.
Ghina’ al-bitreeq
Hassan Daoud
Dar al-Saqi 2003
This classic novel of the Lebanese civil war focuses on the trap of poverty, relating the story of a handicapped young man who erases the limits between what is normal and what is not.
Le chant du pingouin
Hassan Daoud
Actes-Sud 2007
This classic novel of the Lebanese civil war focuses on the trap of poverty, relating the story of a handicapped young man who erases the limits between what is normal and what is not.
The Year of the Revolutionary New Bread-making Machine
Hassan Daoud
Telegram Books 2008
In 1960s Beirut, our young hero works in the family bakery and spends his free time with his friends. He sings all day while the exhausted employees dream of becoming wrestlers… until his father buys the revolutionary new bread-making machine and they must adapt and forget about their dreams.
Sanat al-otomateek
Hassan Daoud
Dar al-Nahar 1996
In 1960s Beirut, our young hero works in the family bakery and spends his free time with his friends. He sings all day while the exhausted employees dream of becoming wrestlers… until his father buys the revolutionary new bread-making machine and they must adapt and forget about their dreams.
Autumn Equinox
Jabbour Douaihy
Univ. of Arkansas Press 2001
This is the diary of a young man who returns from his college in the United States to his Lebanese village, and tries to adjust to his environment, and even to redefine himself, faced with his new reality and the people in his village, far from his college years.
I‘tidal al-khareef
Jabbour Douaihy
Dar al-Nahar 1995
This is the diary of a young man who returns from his college in the United States to his Lebanese village, and tries to adjust to his environment, and even to redefine himself, faced with his new reality and the people in his village, far from his college years.
Equinoxe d’automne
Jabbour Douaihy
AMAM 2000
This is the diary of a young man who returns from his college in the United States to his Lebanese village, and tries to adjust to his environment, and even to redefine himself, faced with his new reality and the people in his village, far from his college years.
June Rain
Jabbour Douaihy
Bloomsbury USA 2015
In 1957, after a shoot-out, a village in North Lebanon is divided in two, yet the closely intertwined lives of its inhabitants can’t be easily divided as neighbours become enemies and husbands and wives must choose between loyalty to each other and loyalty to their clan.
Matar huzayran
Jabbour Douaihy
Dar al-Nahar 2006
In 1957, after a shoot-out, a village in North Lebanon is divided in two, yet the closely intertwined lives of its inhabitants can’t be easily divided as neighbours become enemies and husbands and wives must choose between loyalty to each other and loyalty to their clan.
Pluie de Juin
Jabbour Douaihy
Actes-Sud 2010
In 1957, after a shoot-out, a village in North Lebanon is divided in two, yet the closely intertwined lives of its inhabitants can’t be easily divided as neighbours become enemies and husbands and wives must choose between loyalty to each other and loyalty to their clan.
Shareed al-manazil (St. George Was Looking Away / Chased Away / The Vagrant)
Jabbour Douaihy
Dar al-Nahar 2010
The Lebanese civil war portrayed through the eyes of a young man uprooted by the conflict, a victim of the sectarian reality in Lebanon during this period: born a Muslim, brought up a Christian, the hero of this novel is trapped in the growing madness of the civil war, always at the wrong place at the wrong time…
Saint Georges regardait ailleurs
Jabbour Douaihy
Actes-Sud 2013
The Lebanese civil war portrayed through the eyes of a young man uprooted by the conflict, a victim of the sectarian reality in Lebanon during this period: born a Muslim, brought up a Christian, the hero of this novel is trapped in the growing madness of the civil war, always at the wrong place at the wrong time…
Kite
Dominique Edde
Seagull Books 2012
This story, at once a memoir and a fiction, set in the period from 1960s to the late 1980s, chronicles the decline of Egyptian-Lebanese society through the stories of different characters faced with social conventions, religious divisions and cultural clichés.
Cerf-volant
Dominique Eddé
Gallimard 2003
This story, at once a memoir and a fiction, set in the period from 1960s to the late 1980s, chronicles the decline of Egyptian-Lebanese society through the stories of different characters faced with social conventions, religious divisions and cultural clichés.
Tabiq 99 (Floor 99)
Jana Elhassan
Manshoorat Dafaf 2014
In this post-civil war Lebanese story, a Palestinian man –whose family was dismantled after the Sabra and Chatila massacre– is living in New York where he falls in love with a Lebanese Christian who wants to go to her Mount Lebanon village in search of her roots…
Carnival
Rawi Hage
House of Anansi Press 2012
A taxi driver, raised in a circus, roving through a crime-ridden nightmarish city of carnivalesque beauty and ugliness, introduces us to the colorful characters entering his taxi.
Carnaval
Rawi Hage
Sharikat al-Matbu‘at publ. 2014
A taxi driver, raised in a circus, roving through a crime-ridden nightmarish city of carnivalesque beauty and ugliness, introduces us to the colorful characters entering his taxi.
Carnival city
Rawi Hage
Denoël 2014
A taxi driver, raised in a circus, roving through a crime-ridden nightmarish city of carnivalesque beauty and ugliness, introduces us to the colorful characters entering his taxi.
Cockroach
Rawi Hage
W.W. Norton & Company 2008
On a cold winter day in Montreal, an immigrant thief is rescued from committing suicide and has to attend therapy sessions, leading us back to his violent childhood in a war-torn country, then into his current immigrant life-on-the-edge, where he sees himself as a cockroach invading the lives of others.
Al-sirsar
Rawi Hage
Sharikat al-Matbu‘at publ. 2010
On a cold winter day in Montreal, an immigrant thief is rescued from committing suicide and has to attend therapy sessions, leading us back to his violent childhood in a war-torn country, then into his current immigrant life-on-the-edge, where he sees himself as a cockroach invading the lives of others.
Le cafard
Rawi Hage
Éditions Denoël 2010
On a cold winter day in Montreal, an immigrant thief is rescued from committing suicide and has to attend therapy sessions, leading us back to his violent childhood in a war-torn country, then into his current immigrant life-on-the-edge, where he sees himself as a cockroach invading the lives of others.
De Niro's Game
Rawi Hage
Old Street 2006
A novel on life and death in times of war relating the story of two childhood best friends caught in Lebanon's civil war, and on the philosophy of suicide.
Lu‘bat de Niro
Rawi Hage
Sharikat al-Matbu‘at publ. 2008
A novel on life and death in times of war relating the story of two childhood best friends caught in Lebanon's civil war, and on the philosophy of suicide.
De Niro’s Game
Rawi Hage
Éditions Denoël 2008
A novel on life and death in times of war relating the story of two childhood best friends caught in Lebanon's civil war, and on the philosophy of suicide.
Ayyam Barees (Days of Paris)
Renée Hayek
Al-Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Arabi 2004
The story of three persons living between post-war Beirut and Paris: a daughter travelling, a mother remembering, and a doctor who can’t find his lost brother.
Balad al-Thulooj (The Land of the Snows)
Renée Hayek
Al-Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Arabi 2001
This novel portrays exile and identity through the story of a man who left Lebanon in 1984 during the civil war at the age of 18, and came back at age 33.
Hayat Qaseera (A Short Life)
Renée Hayek
Al-Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Arabi 2011
The author gives an account of life during the civil war in Lebanon, describing the difficulties of daily life and the dangers of travelling across the country, portraying the impact of war on social life, realtionships with family or friends, those who stayed in Lebanon and those who went to live abroad.
Risala min Canada
Renée Hayek
Dar al-Tanweer publ. 2012
The story of 3 children, 2 brothers and 1 sister, whose mother left them in Lebanon and went to live in Canada with her husband…
Salat min ajl al-‘a’ila (Prayer for the Family)
Renée Hayek
Al-Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Arabi 2007
This novel depicts the difficulties encountered by a Lebanese family in their struggle when they are forced to relocate their lives as a result of the civil war.
B as in Beirut
Iman Humaydan Younes
Interlink Books
This novel tells the story of four women living in the same Beirut apartment during the civil war, and their daily struggles, each one having to deal with her personal problems.
B mithl Bayrut mithl Bayt
Iman Humaydan Younes
Al-Hay’a al-‘Amma li-Qusur al-Thaqafa
This novel tells the story of four women living in the same Beirut apartment during the civil war, and their daily struggles, each one having to deal with her personal problems.
B comme Beyrouth: ville à vif
Iman Humaydan Younes
Éditions Le Sycomore 1997
This novel tells the story of four women living in the same Beirut apartment during the civil war, and their daily struggles, each one having to deal with her personal problems.
Other Lives
Iman Humaydan Younes
Interlink Books 2014
This novel shows the impact of war and violence on those who live them, and on the meaning of life itself, especially for women.
Hayawat ukhra
Iman Humaydan Younes
Dar al-Rawi 2011
This novel shows the impact of war and violence on those who live them, and on the meaning of life itself, especially for women.
D’autres vies
Iman Humaydan Younes
Verticales 2012
This novel shows the impact of war and violence on those who live them, and on the meaning of life itself, especially for women.
Wild Mulberries
Iman Humaydan Younes
Interlink Publ. Group 2008
This novel portrays the life of the silk-growing inhabitants of a Druze Lebanese village during a difficult economic period, through the story of young Sarah and the village’s women.
Toot barri
Iman Humaydan Younes
Al-Masar li-al-Nashr w-al-Abhath w-al-Tawtheeq 2001
This novel portrays the life of the silk-growing inhabitants of a Druze Lebanese village during a difficult economic period, through the story of young Sarah and the village’s women.
Mûriers sauvages
Iman Humaydan Younes
Gallimard 2007
This novel portrays the life of the silk-growing inhabitants of a Druze Lebanese village during a difficult economic period, through the story of young Sarah and the village’s women.
America (America)
Rabee Jaber
Al-Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Arabi 2009
In a novel combining fiction and the history of Arab migrations to the Americas, the author tells the story a group of Syrian-Lebanese who emigrated to the United States on the eve of WW1.
Amerika
Rabee Jaber
Gallimard 2013
In a novel combining fiction and the history of Arab migrations to the Americas, the author tells the story a group of Syrian-Lebanese who emigrated to the United States on the eve of WW1.
Byretus madinat taht al-ard (Byretus Underground City)
Rabee Jaber
Al-Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Arabi 2005
A novel about a man who discovered a city hidden under Beirut and settled there, haunted by memories of an absurd conflict. He ends up resurfacing but decides to keep the underground city a secret…
Berytus, une ville sous terre
Rabee Jaber
Gallimard 2009
A novel about a man who discovered a city hidden under Beirut and settled there, haunted by memories of an absurd conflict. He ends up resurfacing but decides to keep the underground city a secret…
Durooz Belghrad (The Druze of Belgrade)
Rabee Jaber
Al-Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Arabi 2010
This novel tells the story of the Druze fighters forced to leave after the 1860 civil war in Mount Lebanon and go to the fortress of Belgrade, and who took along with them a Chrisitian man in exchange for the freedom of a fellow fighter.
Les Druzes de Belgrade
Rabee Jaber
Gallimard 2015
This novel tells the story of the Druze fighters forced to leave after the 1860 civil war in Mount Lebanon and go to the fortress of Belgrade, and who took along with them a Chrisitian man in exchange for the freedom of a fellow fighter.
Tuyoor al-Holiday Inn (Birds of the Holiday Inn)
Rabee Jaber
Dar al-Tanweer 2011
At the beginning of the civil war in Lebanon, Beirut was split into West and East and the fiercest battles were fought downtown where the city’s most famous hotel stood: the Holiday Inn.
Al-usboo‘ al-akheer (The Last Week)
Hala Kawtharani
Dar al-Saqi 2006
The events of the last week spent by a young Lebanese woman in Lebanon before fleeing to Dubai.
‘Ali al-imreeki (Ali the American)
Hala Kawtharani
Dar al-Saqi 2011
A love story between a young Lebanese girl and Ali who came back to live in his native South Lebanon after 22 years in the USA.
Karizma (Charisma)
Hala Kawtharani
Dar al-Saqi 2013
The story of three women from different eras whose lives have in common hope and pain.
Al-mubtada’ w-al-khabar: Short Stories (Subject and Predicate)
Elias Khoury
Mu’assasat al-Abhath al-Arabiyya 1984
This collection relates events linked to the civil war in Lebanon through short stories born from a combination of truth and fiction.
As Though She Were Sleeping
Elias Khoury
Humphrey Davies 2011
The story of Milia depicts the profound conflicts of the 1947 Arab World: in order to “hide away” from her new husband and society, she lives in a dream-world where she converses with the dead and foresees the future, until this parallel realm becomes more familiar and easy to live with than "reality", and both become increasingly entangled.
Ka-annaha na’ima
Elias Khoury
Dar al-Adab 2007
The story of Milia depicts the profound conflicts of the 1947 Arab World: in order to “hide away” from her new husband and society, she lives in a dream-world where she converses with the dead and foresees the future, until this parallel realm becomes more familiar and easy to live with than "reality", and both become increasingly entangled.
Comme si elle dormait
Elias Khoury
Actes-Sud 2007
The story of Milia depicts the profound conflicts of the 1947 Arab World: in order to “hide away” from her new husband and society, she lives in a dream-world where she converses with the dead and foresees the future, until this parallel realm becomes more familiar and easy to live with than "reality", and both become increasingly entangled.
Majma‘ al-asrar
Elias Khoury
Dar al-Adab 1994
The narrator tells the stories of two men and one woman, their crossing destinies, in Lebanon and in Columbia, in between the 1860 civil war and the 1975 civil war.
Le coffre des secrets
Elias Khoury
Actes-Sud 2009
The narrator tells the stories of two men and one woman, their crossing destinies, in Lebanon and in Columbia, in between the 1860 civil war and the 1975 civil war.
The Broken Mirrors
Elias Khoury
Quercus Publishing 2015
This novel depicting a portrait of Lebanese society since the 1960s tells the story of two brothers, a medical student and a leftist, both in love with the same girl who marries the leftist after the medical student goes to settle in France… until the latter leaves his wife and children in France, and goes back to Lebanon to find a man known only as Sinalcol.
Seenalkool
Elias Khoury
Dar al-Adab 2012
This novel depicting a portrait of Lebanese society since the 1960s tells the story of two brothers, a medical student and a leftist, both in love with the same girl who marries the leftist after the medical student goes to settle in France… until the latter leaves his wife and children in France, and goes back to Lebanon to find a man known only as Sinalcol.
Sinalcol: le miroir brisé
Elias Khoury
Actes-Sud 2013
This novel depicting a portrait of Lebanese society since the 1960s tells the story of two brothers, a medical student and a leftist, both in love with the same girl who marries the leftist after the medical student goes to settle in France… until the latter leaves his wife and children in France, and goes back to Lebanon to find a man known only as Sinalcol.
Riwayat Bayroot (The Story of Beirut)
Alexandre Najjar
Dar al-Saqi 2010
Through this story of three generation of a Lebanese family, the author recounts the history of Beirut and its struggle.
Le Roman de Beyrouth
Alexandre Najjar
Plon 2005
Through this story of three generation of a Lebanese family, the author recounts the history of Beirut and its struggle.
Nouvelles du Liban (Short Stories from Lebanon)
Collectif
Magellan & Cie 2007
A collection of short stories by authors representing Lebanese francophone literature.
Haqa’ib al-dhakira (Suitcases of Memory)
Sharbel Qatan
Nawfal publ 2011
A novel built around five suitcases abandoned at the Beirut airport, each telling a story related to an aspect of contemporary Lebanon, and bags whose owners are unknown… Until Ehab, who lost his father at the beginning of the civil war arrives at the customs department…
The Qadi & the Fortune Teller
Nabil Saleh
Interlink Books 2008
The stories included in the diary of Sheikh 'Abdallah bin Ahmad bin Abu Bakar al-Jabburi –a Muslim judge during 1843s– found in the rubble of Beirut in the late 1970s tell about the political conspiracies and diplomatic intrigues during this period.
The Servant
Fatima Sharafeddine
Groundwood Books 2013
Sent away from her village by her father to work as a maid for a wealthy family in the city, 17 year’s old Faten falls in love with rich Marwan, and they both must face the Lebanese society’s restrictions concerning the differences in religion, class, and wealth.
Fatin
Fatima Sharafeddine
Kalimat 2010
Sent away from her village by her father to work as a maid for a wealthy family in the city, 17 year’s old Faten falls in love with rich Marwan, and they both must face the Lebanese society’s restrictions concerning the differences in religion, class, and wealth.
Ring Around the Rose, a Female in the Middle Eastern Culture
Houda Sleem
Bahsoun
Lena, who suffered the injustice of a paternal traditional society, decides to educate herself and her society, and improve the status of Middle-Eastern women.
Dunya
Alawiyya Sobh
Dar al-Adab 2006
In this novel, the author shows how the civil war separated many, but also cancelled the distances between the different classes, through a story depicting human desires, fears, and lust.
Ismahu al-gharam (It's Called Love)
Alawiyya Sobh
Dar al-Adab 2009
This novel consists of a sensitive and sensuous story of a middle-aged woman assessing her love life, and follows characters whose lives illustrate the struggles of war and invasion experienced by the Lebanese people.
Maryam al-hakaya
Alawiyya Sobh
Dar al-Adab 2002
Maryam’s, Ibtissam’s, and Yasmine’s friend disappeared after she had written down all the stories they told her so she could write a novel, and Maryam decides to take over, telling the stories of unfortunate women, of broken destinies, of Ibtissam who wishes to marry Karim even though he is Christian… and of her own wish to flee her disrupted country Lebanon.
Maryam ou le passé décomposé
Alawiyya Sobh
Gallimard 2007
Maryam’s, Ibtissam’s, and Yasmine’s friend disappeared after she had written down all the stories they told her so she could write a novel, and Maryam decides to take over, telling the stories of unfortunate women, of broken destinies, of Ibtissam who wishes to marry Karim even though he is Christian… and of her own wish to flee her disrupted country Lebanon.
Nawm al-ayyam
Alawiyya Sobh
Mu’assasat al-Abhath al-Arabiyya 1986
About the love of a woman who has known war and fear…
L'armoire des ombres
Hyam Yared
Sabine Wespieser 2006
Through the story of an actress who discovers folded shadows in a closet in a theatre in Beirut, and uses them as different characters in plays she presents to an ever-growing audience until she is lost within all her different identities, the author portrays the Lebanese society where individuals have no place, women in particular… and where any attempt towards emancipation is very dearly paid.
The Night Counter
Alia Younis
Crown 2009
This novel depicts the life of Arabs in modern America through the story of 85 year’ old Fatimah who makes a list of the things she must do before dying, including teaching Arabic and birth control to her 17-year-old great-granddaughter and finding a wife for her gay grandson. Furthermore, she must also choose which of her children will inherit her family's home in Lebanon.
Nouvelles d'une guerre ancienne
Collectif
Ed. Tamyras 2005
A collection of twelve short stories, each telling in a different manner part of the larger picture of the war in Lebanon, written after March 14th 2005 and aiming at a better future.
La dernière des Croisés
Ezza Agha Malak
1st ed.: Maison Internationale du Livre, Beyrouth; 2nd ed.: Editions des Ecrivains, Paris 1997, 2002
The story of an expatriate Lebanese, her difficult life, her absurd existence and her wish for freedom, justice, reconstruction, participation, communication, and eternity.
L'éxcisée [The Excised] (french, english)
Ezza Agha Malak
L'Harmattan (french); Three Continents Press (english) 1982, 1989
Through the story of an Arab Christian woman who elopes with a Muslim man, the author portrays the oppression Arab women today, and notably female circumcision.
Mariée à Paris… Répudiée à Beyrouth
Ezza Agha Malak
L'Harmattan 2009
After living in France where she enjoyed the rights of a French wife and mother, the hero of this novel goes back to her native country, Lebanon, where she falls under the “law” of the patriarchal and machist society in her muslim community.
Récits bleus 
Ezza Agha Malak
Editions Al-Moutanabbi, Paris 1992
In this collection of three short stories “Chagrin d'Amour” (Heartbreak), “Cette douce tyrannie” (This Sweet Tyranny), and “La Terrasse et la Colline” (The Terrace and the Hill), the author depicts the real world where even the worst cruelty is acceptable…
Bagdad: Des morts qui sonnent plus fort que d'autres [Baghdad: Deaths Untold] (french, english)
Ezza Agha Malak
Ed. des Ecrivains (french); Linus publ. (english) 2006, 2011
A novel including chapters relating stories set in Palestine, Lebanon and Baghdad, all three sharing the war experience…
Le chant suspendu
Elham Chamoun Abdelnour
Dar Malaffat 2009
A love story set in the Lebanese mountains.
Terra Nova, pour un monde nouveau
Simon Géara
Self-Published 2009
While the whole world is in crisis, in Byblos, land of the alphabet, young people create a bridge between men: an alphabet of love that will become the language of all people to share solidarity and respect.
Homesick
Tony Hanania
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 1998
This novel tell about a boy's struggle to adapt to the new realities of a British boarding school after a sheltered Beirut childhood, and discovering a similar pattern of violence in both.
Partition libre pour Isabelle
Yasmine Khlat
Seuil 2004
Through the story of Jean, very ill, who after a long stay in Africa, goes back to his native village accompanied by his sister Maïssa. the author portrays love between a brother and his sister.
Caravansérail
Charif Majdalani
Seuil 2007
A novel set in the early 20th century, relating the adventures of a Lebanese young man, crossing the Nile, Arabia and Syria with his caravan until he reaches the snows of Mount Lebanon.
Histoire de la grande maison
Charif Majdalani
Seuil 2005
This novel, set in Lebanon from the Ottoman empire up to the French mandate, tells the story of a man who, after fleeing his native village in late 19th century Lebanon, creates an empire close to Beirut until, as a consequence of WW1, illness, and the pranks of one of his sons, his empire collapses and his descendants gradually leave Lebanon.
Un soir à Beyrouth (nouvelles)
Sélim Nassib
Ed. Thierry Magnier 2007
Lebanon that has witnessed wars, attacks, occupation, exile, ever-present in the eyes of ordinary men and women who have to live with the consequences.
Nous reviendrons à Beyrouth
Elie-Pierre Sabbag
Arléa 1997
This novel tells the story of a Lebanese woman who spent her childhood in Beirut then went to live in Paric where she got married and had a daughter… until her life is disrupted.
La malédiction
Hyam Schoucair Yared
Ed. des Equateurs 2012
A novel about Lebanon and its situation, conflicts, and religions, tells the story of young Hala, her childhood, bulimia, anorexia, suspicious friendship, self-effacement, and her struggle against her strict mother and strict male society.
L'armoire des ombres
Hyam Schoucair Yared
Ed. Sabine Wespieser 2006
This novel portraying a country that has fallen prey to war and religious conservatism tells the story of a person who assumes the role of two Lebanese women on a theatre stage, thus leading to an increasingly blurred boundary between reality and fiction.
Sous la tonnelle
Hyam Schoucair Yared
Ed. Sabine Wespieser 2009
This novel tells the story of an old woman of Armenian origin, widowed at the age of thirty-one, in Beirut during the civil war, who decided to devote her life to others, and who gradually turns out to be complex and mysterious.
Amers
Yasmina Traboulsi
Mercure de France 2007
A story illustrating Beirut's fractioned society and identities.
In the Middle of Nowhere
Ibrahim Yared
Saqi Books 2001
A novel depicting the struggle to belong of immigrants who left their country because of the civil war.
Zikrayat lam taktamil [Cancelled Memories] (arabic, english)
Nazik Saba Yared
Saqi Books (arabic); Syracuse Univ. Press (english) 2008, 2009
The story of a Lebanese family, during the civil war, seeking to maintain love and trust for each other despite the destructive and corrupting effects of war: the increasing economic, social, and psychological tensions.
 
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