In June we’re reading بريد بيروت، حنان الشيخ / Beirut Blues by Lebanese author Hanan el-Shaykh, translated by Catherine Cobham.
A brief summary of the book from Random House:
“The daring fragmented structure of this epistolary novel mirrors the chaos surrounding the heroine, Asmahan, as she futilely writes letters to her loved ones, to her friends, to Beirut, and to the war itself—letters of lament that are never to be answered except with their own resounding echoes. In Beirut Blues, Hanan al-Shaykh evokes a Beirut that has been seen by few, and that will never be seen again.”
If you can get your hands on a paper copy of Banipal 2, take a look at Anne Chambers’s review.
We’ll meet to discuss on Monday, June 20 2011.