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Beirut Nightmares / Edition 1
     

Beirut Nightmares / Edition 1

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by Ghada Samman
 

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ISBN-10: 070438065X

ISBN-13: 2900704380652

Pub. Date: 09/28/2010

Publisher: Quartet Books (UK)

Beirut Nightmares is set at the height of the Lebanese Civil War. The narrator, trapped in her apartment for two weeks by street battles and sniper fire, writes a series of vignettes peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, some drawn from the shocking waking world and others living only in the sleeping minds of those suffering in the conflict. A pet shop next

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Beirut Nightmares is set at the height of the Lebanese Civil War. The narrator, trapped in her apartment for two weeks by street battles and sniper fire, writes a series of vignettes peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, some drawn from the shocking waking world and others living only in the sleeping minds of those suffering in the conflict. A pet shop next to the house is filled with terrified animals. A display in an abandoned shop window comes to life as the mannequins step out and join life in the cafes before coming to a terrible end.

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ISBN-13:
2900704380652
Publisher:
Quartet Books (UK)
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268

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Beirut Nightmares 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Along with Ghada al-Samman's unnamed narrator, readers are taken through a series of nightmares that describe a two week period in which the novel's protagonist is trapped in her Beirut flat by sniper fire during Lebanon's civil war. The nightmares are sometimes surreal, other times horrifying, and occasionally even tinged with a wry humor employed by the 'dreamer' as a tool to endure events as they occur. Along with lines that crisscross each other, and multiple contradictions, another of the book's themes is that of a group of pets--trapped, as the narrator is trapped in her home, in the shop where they are housed and abandoned by the owner--in whose lives she sees multiple parallels to the rest of the people in her neighborhood who are prisoners in their own homes. Al-Samman weaves her themes together with skill and grace, leaving readers with the memories of one Beiruti's journey--within and without her Self. I recommend this book for serious readers as well as those looking for a good novel, but one thing is sure: it is a narrative not soon forgotton.