Limbo Beirut

Hilal Chouman (Author) Anna Ziajka Stanton (Translator)

Product Details

University of Texas Press
Publish Date
August 01, 2016
5.4 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Hilal Chouman was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1982. He studied electronics and communications engineering in Lebanon, France, and the UK. He currently works in digital marketing. Chouman is the author of three novels in Arabic: Stories of Sleep, Napolitana, and Limbo Beirut, which is the first to be translated into English.
Anna Ziajka Stanton is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Arabic Literature at Pennsylvania State University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.


"The novel exemplifies how this current generation of Lebanese authors and artists, raised during the tail end of the country's civil war and the beginnings of an ongoing reconstruction, have been able to interpret more recent conflicts. These accounts are full of inchoate memories of the last war, and disillusion with any future wars. "-- (08/04/2016)
"Adding to the exemplary richness of Lebanese fiction, Hilal Chouman...opens up the window to the complexity of human behavior and emotions."--Wasafiri (09/03/2018)
"The kaleidoscopic style can be challenging, but it successfully conveys the disjointed life of Lebanon at a time when "the government was fighting itself, the country hated itself, and the explosion was inevitably coming." The uncertainty of war is always there: "In this country no one knows what's taking place on the street until he sets foot on it, and when he does, anything at all could happen". War's futility is brought home when one character observes how those who had once shot at each other are now eating together, chinking glass and laughing."-- (02/11/2017)