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Featuring brand-new stories by Rawi Hage, Mohamad Abi Samra, Leila Eid, Hala Kawtharani, Marie Tawk, Bana Baydoun, Hyam Yared, Najwa Barakat, Alawiyeh Sobh, Mazen Zahreddine, Abbas Beydoun, Bachir Hilal, Zena el Khalil, Mazen Maarouf, and Tarek Abi Samra.
Most of the writers in this volume are still living in Beirut, so this is an important contribution to Middle East literature?not the "outsider's perspective" that often characterizes contemporary literature set in Lebanon.
Iman Humaydan is a Lebanese writer, creative writing teacher, translator, editor/publisher, and journalist. Her novels B as in Beirut, Wild Mulberries, Other Lives, and Letters of Istanbul, all written in Arabic, have been translated and published internationally. She is the cofounder of the Lebanese chapter of PEN, and splits her time between Beirut and Paris.