Taken from Viaggioadoriente , by Francesca Del Vecchio, (and loosely translated).
The Mediterranean Festival of Literature, in its 12th edition this year, has tackled the narration of “Identity”. And who better than the Lebanese novelist Jabbour Douaihy could represent the essence of this argument, using a text whose starting point is precisely that of identity, “St. George looked elsewhere” (Feltrinelli 2012) (Chased away).
Thus, as pointed out by Dr. Bartuli, translator of the Italian edition of the novels of Douaihy, this concept is strongly suspected by the author in his texts and more in St. George looked elsewhere, where the young Nizam, at the dawn of the Civil War taking place in Lebanon in the 70s, is forced to choose a religious identity. Either be a Muslim, as his family of origin, or a Christian as the wealthy Maronite family that took him in as a child.
Nizam finds himself in his early twenties in Beirut, in the tumult of the fighting and chaos that spreads within his being.