Douaihy’s “Printed in Beirut” in the Midwest book review: “Exquisite irony”

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Published by Midwest Book Review, October 2018

Farid Abou Char arrives in Beirut on a hot summer morning with his manuscript, looking for a publisher. He is turned down by all of them; nobody reads anymore, he is told. Instead, he accepts a job as a proofreader at the famous old print house Karam Bros., allegedly established in 1908. Disappointed by the menial tasks of checking catalogs and ad copy, Farid secretly hopes that his book will eventually be published.rp_Douaihy_LaCroix-150x1501.png

His manuscript never leaves his side until one day it disappears and then reemerges, beautifully printed. Farid soon realizes that the expensive paper it’s printed on is the same that the company is using to manufacture fake twenty-euro bills, and that the person who printed the book is none other than the wife of his boss. Entangled in a police investigation and an illicit flirtation, Farid discovers that the Karam Bros. print house is not what it seems.

 

Douaihy dizzies the reader with an intricate play of appearances and deception, and as always, portrays Lebanese society with exquisite irony. A dazzling mystery by Lebanese novelist Jabbour Douaihy and set in the world of Lebanon’s book publishing industry, Printed in Beirut is a simply riveting and deftly crafted read from beginning to end.

 

Douaihy dizzies the reader with an intricate play of appearances and deception, and as always, portrays Lebanese society with exquisite irony. A dazzling mystery by Lebanese novelist Jabbour Douaihy and set in the world of Lebanon’s book publishing industry, Printed in Beirut is a simply riveting and deftly crafted read from beginning to end and very highly recommended, for personal reading lists and community library collections.

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