Little Mountain

Elias Khoury; Foreword by Edward W. Said; Translated by Maia Tabet




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Written in the opening phases of the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), Little Mountain is told from the perspectives of three characters: a Joint Forces fighter; a distressed civil servant; and an amorphous figure, part fighter, part intellectual. Elias Khoury's language is poetic and piercing as he tells the story of Beirut, civil war, and fractured identity.


Praise for Little Mountain

"Khoury's picaresque ramblings through the Lebanese landscapes offered by civil combat reveal areas of uncertainty and perturbation unthought of before."—Edward W. Said, from the Foreword

"Without a doubt the finest novel on Lebanon's [civil] war."—Le Nouvvel Observateur

"Little Mountain is above all a poem . . . Elias Khoury, like all true poets, is also a seer. Nothing tepid about these cruel pages. A lucidity equal to Rimbaud's."—Le Monde

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