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Recommended books (8)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Lebanon. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

1.

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine EN

Rating: 4     41 Votes
Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
Description:
An obsessive introvert in Beirut, eschewed by her family and neighbors for her divorced status and lack of religious reverence, quietly translates favorite books into Arabic while struggling with her aging body until an unthinkable disaster threatens what little life remains to her. By the best-selling author of The Hakawati. 20,000 first printing.
Recommended: 20 Dec 2022

2.

Beirut by Samir Kassir EN

Rating: 5     3 Votes
Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
Description:
Beirut is a tour de force that takes the reader from the ancient to the modern world, offering a dazzling panorama of the city's Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut's spectacular growth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, concentrating on its emergence after the Second World War as a cosmopolitan capital until its near destruction during the devastating Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990. --from publisher description.
Recommended: 06 Jan 2023

3.

House of Stone : A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
Description:
A journalist traces the story of his family's effort to rebuild an ancestral home in Lebanon amid political strife and how the work enabled a greater understanding of the emotions behind Middle East turbulence.

4.
J'ai tué Schéhérazade

J'ai tué Schéhérazade by Joumana Haddad FR

0 Ratings
Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
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Recommended: 25 Jan 2023

5.

Samarkand : A Novel by Amin Maalouf EN

Rating: 4     9 Votes
Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
Description:
The story of Samarkand is woven around the history of the manuscript of the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam, from its creation by the poet and sage in eleventh-century Persia to its loss when the Titanic sank in 1912. Unwittingly involved in a brawl on the streets of Samarkand, Omar Khayyam is brought before a local judge who recognizes his genius as a poet and gives him a blank book in which to inscribe his verses. Thus the head of a great poet is saved and the Rubaiyaat of Omar Khayyam is born. The threads of his life become interwoven with the designs of the vizier, Nizam al Mulk, and of Hassan S... continue

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The Locust and the Bird : My Mother's Story by Hanan Al-Shaykh EN

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Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
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Recommended: 03 Mar 2022

7.

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran EN

Rating: 5     4 Votes
Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
Description:
Kahlil Gibran's masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. It has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies. The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran's musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, s... continue
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Recommended: 03 Mar 2022

8.

The Story of Zahra by Ḥanān Shaykh EN

Rating: 2.5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Lebanon flag Lebanon
Description:
Zahra, a young Lebanese woman haunted by memories of abuse by her parents, enters into a loveless marriage in West Africa and then returns to war-torn Beirut
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Recommended: 03 Mar 2022


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