Beirut noir / edited by Iman Humaydan ; translated from the Arabic and French by Michelle Hartman.

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    • Content Notes:
      Part I: When time does not exist. The bastard / Tarek Abi Samra -- Maya Rose / Zena El Khalil -- Pizza delivery / Bana Beydoun -- Under the tree of melancholy / Najwa Barakat -- Eternity and the hourglass / Hyam Yared -- Part II: Panorama of the soul. Beirut apples / Leila Eid -- Bird nation / Rawi Hage -- Dirty teeth / The Amazin' Sardine -- The boxes / Mazen Maarouf -- Rupture / Bachir Hilal -- Part III: Waiting for yesterday. The thread of life / Hala Kawtharani -- Without a trace / Mohamad Abi Samra -- The death of Adil Uliyyan / Abbas Beydoun -- Scent of a woman, scent of a city / Alawiya Sobh -- Sails on the sidewalk / Marie Tawk.
    • ISBN:
      9781617753442 (paperback)
      1617753440 (paperback)
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    • ABNT:
      ḤUMAYDĀN, Ī.; HARTMAN, M. Beirut noir. [s. l.]: Akashic Books, 2015. ISBN 9781617753442. Disponível em: Acesso em: 9 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Ḥumaydān Ī, Hartman M. Beirut Noir. Akashic Books; 2015. Accessed August 9, 2020.
    • APA:
      Ḥumaydān, Ī., & Hartman, M. (2015). Beirut noir. Akashic Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ḥumaydān, Īmān, and Michelle Hartman. 2015. Beirut Noir. Akashic Noir Series. Akashic Books.
    • Harvard:
      Ḥumaydān, Ī. and Hartman, M. (2015) Beirut noir. Akashic Books (Akashic noir series). Available at: (Accessed: 9 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ḥumaydān, Ī & Hartman, M 2015, Beirut noir, Akashic noir series, Akashic Books, viewed 9 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Ḥumaydān, Īmān, and Michelle Hartman. Beirut Noir. Akashic Books, 2015. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ḥumaydān, Īmān, and Michelle Hartman. Beirut Noir. Akashic Noir Series. Akashic Books, 2015.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ḥumaydān Ī, Hartman M. Beirut noir [Internet]. Akashic Books; 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 9]. (Akashic noir series). Available from:


PW Reviews 2015 October #2

Humaydan writes in her introduction to this haunting anthology that "all of the stories are somehow framed by the Lebanese civil war, which lasted from approximately 1974 until 1990." The war's pervasive dislocations and disruptions have a wide range of voices. In Leila Eid's "Beirut Apples," the narrator notes, "There was no need to count the years here... our lives were made of gunfire, random bullets shot by depraved snipers." In Hala Kawtharani's "The Thread of Life," a doctor is inured to the horrific injuries he treats, until he becomes obsessed with a woman in a coma. The narrator of Zena el Khalil's "Maya Rose" is a stillborn baby, whose soul rises above the battle-scarred land below. The crimes in this Akashic noir volume are often submerged in the greater tragedy of a beautiful city constantly torn within and without by violence. Three of the 15 selections were originally written in English. (Dec.)

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