Beirut Blues (Paperback)
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Short Description for Beirut Blues The daring fragmented structure of this epistolary novel mirrors the chaos surrounding the heroine, Asmahan, as she futilely writes letters to her loved ones, to her friends, to Beirut, and to the war itself--letters of lament that are never to be answered except with their own resounding echoes. Hanan al-Shaykh evokes a Beirut that has been seen by few.
- Published: 15 July 1996
- Format: Paperback 384 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385473828 ISBN 10: 0385473826
- Sales rank: 845,595
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Full description for Beirut Blues
Asmahan writes letters - to make sense of her life and to preserve her fond memories of Beirut as it existed before civil strife destroyed it forever. Evocative, sensual, funny, and poignant, the letters - which are unlikely to ever reach their destinations - conjure up, with passion and disarming honesty, a woman's life and loves in a ravaged city, as well as her sense of being a hostage in her own country. As she writes, one story grows out of another. Vividly, passionately, and yet with clear-sighted humor, she records the astonishing details of her existence, her feelings about lovers past and present, her family, her reactions to the war and its violent social and political upheavals, as well as her relationships with other women who have responded to the chaos in radically different ways. What emerges is an intimate, engaging portrait and a delicately interwoven pattern of events and characters.