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[28 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 149 views]

Taken from Viaggioadoriente, by Francesca Del Vecchio, (and loosely translated).
September 2014.
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).

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[17 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 205 views]
“Profound depiction of a community’s grief” – Mona Zaki on Douaihy’s “June Rain”, for Banipal Magazine

“A candid depiction of death, June Rain is one of the most powerful novels on Lebanon. It is rich, complex, beautifully written and more importantly, beautifully translated by Paula Haydar. This work is outstanding and will continue to remain relevant.”

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[28 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 231 views]
Olivia Snaije interviews Mostafa Khalife for Publishing Perspectives

Prison is prolonged in life. I was released in 1994 and yet last night I woke up and thought I was still in prison.

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[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 103 views]

Beyond the thrill of the play and Noor Theater’s wonderful production, I was equally impressed by how several quality institutions had come together to offer the public this reading and the illuminating discussion that followed. The Martin Segal Theater Center, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, hosted the event, under the able leadership of executive director Frank Hentschker. The English translation of the play and its first production in Beirut a few months ago largely reflected the work of two professors at the American University of Beirut – Robert Myers and Sahara Assad – along with Nada Saab at the Lebanese American University.

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[3 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 202 views]
“Douaihy gives life to past memories” – Al Safir, on American Neighborhood

“American neighborhood” is not the story of a particular district of Tripoli, as much as it is the story of the whole city. The novel depicts the city in time and space, and taints it in multiple colors, as the author seems to have dipped his brush in its past and present, creating for us a heart warming portrait.

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[3 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 65 views]

The novel has achieved through its narrative techniques an accurate characterisation of our current reality artfully, promoting the humane while nevertheless deploring the different manifestations of terrorism. The book also successfully uncovers the political and social roots of the phenomenon [of djihadism], which threatens our contemporary societies with destruction and collapse.