Jean Said Makdisi
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
An intensely personal yet timelessly crafted portrait of life in a worn-torn city, Beirut Fragments spans the years of the civil war in Lebanon, 1975-1990. When thousands fled, Jean Said Makdisi chose to stay. She raised three sons, taught English and Humanities at Beirut University College-and she wrote. She records the breakdown of society and the physical destruction of Beirut, the massacres of Sabra and Shatila, the Israeli invasion, everyday acts of terrorism, the struggle to maintain ordinary routines amid chaos, and the incredible spirit of a people.
“An impassioned cry against indifference... Beirut’s long-suffering residents are fortunate that someone as perceptive and compassionate as Ms. Makdisi has come forward to tell their story”
—The New York Times Book Review
“[a] profound, heartbreaking book...”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review
Jean Said Makdisi was born in Jerusalem and studied in Cairo and the United States. She lives in Beirut.
Paperback / $17.95 (Can $20.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-245-0 / 260 pages / Memoir