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Author Majdalani, Charif, 1960- author.

Title Beirut 2020 : diary of the collapse / Charif Majdalani ; translated from the French by Ruth Diver.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Other Press, [2021]


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 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  B-MAJDALAN MAJ    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 168 pages ; 21 cm
Note Originally published in French as Beyrouth 2020: Journal d'un effondrement in 2020 by Actes Sud, Arles, France--Title page verso.
Summary "Told in elegant, evocative prose, a devastating and necessary testament to the August explosion that thoughtfully examines the crises that preceded it and its aftermath. At the start of the summer of 2020, in a Lebanon ruined by economic crisis and political corruption, in an exhausted Beirut still rising up for true democracy while the world was paralyzed by the coronavirus, Charif Majdalani set about writing a journal. He intended to bear witness to this terrible, confusing time, and perhaps endure it by putting it into words. Using small, everyday interactions-with fellow restaurant patrons, repairmen, the father of his wife's patient, a young Syrian refugee-as openings to address larger systemic problems, he explains how events in Lebanon's recent history led to this point. Then, on August 4, the explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut devastated the city and the country. Majdalani's chronicle suddenly became a record of the catastrophe, which left more than two hundred dead and thousands injured, and the massive public outcry that followed. In the midst of the senseless chaos and grief, however, he continues to find cause for hope in the kindness and resilience of those determined to stay and rebuild"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Majdalani, Charif, 1960- -- Diaries.
Authors, Lebanese -- 21st century -- Diaries.
Industrial accidents -- Lebanon -- Beirut -- History -- 21st century.
Lebanon -- History -- 21st century.
Authors, Lebanese. (OCoLC)fst01737208
Industrial accidents. (OCoLC)fst00970769
Lebanon. (OCoLC)fst01206063
Lebanon -- Beirut. (OCoLC)fst01225260
Chronological Term 2000-2099
Genre/Form Diaries. (OCoLC)fst01423794
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Diver, Ruth, translator.
Added Title Beyrouth 2020. English
Other Form: Online version: Majdalani, Charif, 1960- Beyrouth 2020. English. Beirut 2020. New York : Other Press, [2021] 1635421799 (DLC) 2021008275 (OCoLC)1243020974
ISBN 9781635421781 paperback
1635421780 paperback
9781635421798 electronic book
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