|By Malu Halasa, Roseanne Saad Khalaf (Editors) |
'Bewildering, enchanting, at times exasperating, Transit
Beirut conveys a din of contending vignettes and sensations. Yet the effect
on the reader is far from transitory, and the lessons all too salutary.' The
'It is very Lebanese - simultaneously profound and sentimental
... the glimpses of personal histories are moving - the banality of the atrocities,
the acceptance of a way of life, but above all, the creative resilience of the
people of Beirut.' TLS
'Informative and daring ... a welcome manifestation of
people meeting ideas and ideas meeting each other.'The Daily Star (29/01/04)
'Perhaps this city is not so very dissimilar from the
one you know, except that it's set a little closer to the bombs, a little closer
to Israel ...' Pulp.net (07/04/04)
'Transit Beirut is testimony to the adaptability and vitality
of the Lebanese.' Saudi Gazette (30/03/04)
'... entertaining and challenging ... Reminders of conflict
run like leitmotifs throughout Transit Beirut's 21 essays, poems and short stories.'
The Middle East
'[An] extremely attractive, well-designed book ... a virtual
kaleidescope of mental and landscape-bound images ... thoughtful and powerful.'
'funny, dark, heartbreaking and optimistic by turns ...
great for the coffee table' Red Pepper
Read an article here about Transit Beirut's contributors
Beirut - where plastic surgery meets the emotional intensity of the legendary
diva Umm Kulthum, and Lebanese foodies go on the rampage. Transit Beirut is
a unique anthology of complex urban experience that brings together personal
writing, essays, journalism, short stories, photography and animation. The view
is wide: from fiction to documentary, and everything in between. Beirut is undergoing
an energetic process of rediscovery and reinvention by its own inhabitants,
many of whom are only now returning to the city. With new and established Arab
writers together for the first time, Transit Beirut oscillates between sarcastic
humour and serious exploration of the tensions and conflicts in a society undergoing
reconstruction. Things are never what they seem; students express themselves
in the language of military conquest and athletes train to 'defeat' cholesterol.
Here TE Lawrence, Orientalism and a PLO grandmother's revolutionary milk interweave
Contributors: Leila M, Hasan Daoud, Dalia Khamissy, Nabeel
Kaakoush, Abbas El-Zein, Ghassan Halwani, Reine Mahfouz, Malu Halasa, Zeina
B Ghandour, Hazim Saghie, Nabil Ismail, Kamal Kassar, Nadine RL Touma, Lena
Merhej, Omar Sabbagh, Roseanne Saad Khalaf, Fadi Tufayli, Antoine Boulad, Rachid
El Daif, Maher Kassar, Ziad Halwani.
Malu Halasa has been writing about the Near and Middle
East for the Guardian and other publications since the 1990s. She helped to
found Tank magazine and was it's features editor for four years.
Roseanne Khalaf is an assistant professor in the English Department and coordinator
of creative writing at the American University of Beirut.
2004, Paperback, 250 pages, 8.0" x 8.0"