<i>The Hakawati</i> and <i>A Girl Made of Dust</i>

Syrine Hout

in Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780748643424
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676569 | DOI:
The Hakawati and A Girl Made of Dust

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This chapter traces the descriptions provided by two first-person narrators of two young men, both of whom are seduced by the war, partly because they are unable to leave Lebanon for financial reasons, and respectively join left- and right-wing militias to demonstrate their personal worth and manhood and achieve their narrowly defined nationalistic aspirations associated therewith, only to suffer devastating consequences. The two authors' fictionalisations of their devolutions in Rabih Alameddine's The Hakawati (2008) and Nathalie Abi-Ezzi's A Girl Made of Dust (2008) acquire an active role in the cultural post-war negotiation of the psychosocial consequences of the Lebanese Civil War on the youths caught in the fray and emerge as a critical manifestation, in both historical and human terms, of militarisation as a disturbing phenomenon. What Lebanon means to those who stay versus those who leave is also compared and contrasted.

Keywords: Rabih Alameddine; Nathalie Abi-Ezzi; The Hakawati; A Girl Made of Dust; militarisation; youth

Chapter.  9579 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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