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Beirut, Beirut by Sonallah Ibrahim

By Sonallah Ibrahim

A urban – identified for its light-heartedness, vibrancy and means for enjoyable – is ripped aside through war.

A younger guy – jam-packed with the vim, energy and wishes of juvenile – refuses to permit his spirit to be dampened . . .

November, 1980. An Egyptian author has selected the inaccurate time to come back to Beirut looking for a writer for his arguable booklet. males with desktop weapons are on each road nook. while the author meets an previous buddy from his innovative scholar days, he's brought to 2 attention-grabbing ladies: idealistic film-maker Antoinette and Lamia, the seductive spouse of his would-be writer. His attentions unavoidably flip in the direction of the 2 girls, however the heritage rumble of strife and fight turns into more and more challenging to ignore.
Based at the author's real-life adventure of the civil warfare in Lebanon, Beirut, Beirut is an exploration of the way, even in the middle of chaos and violence, universals reminiscent of love, hope and craving are nonetheless constantly our guiding forces.

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Before their relocation, at the age of five, he started working in Bulaq, which had many small workshops and businesses. Whenever he sent him out to buy things and he was late or forgot what he was supposed to buy, the usta would beat him. 21 At the age of fifteen, Samer became an usta himself. His good and careful work earned him respect and secured him continuous work for nearly twenty-five years. Since he became an usta, he has moved between different workshops inside and outside his neighborhood.

Since he became an usta, he has moved between different workshops inside and outside his neighborhood. Unlike teenagers who had to go to school and thus depend financially on their families, Samer had the ability to earn money, which enhanced his freedom and ability to tour Cairo and enjoy its offerings. This mobility and his job enabled him to interact with the educated and the illiterate, the decent and the criminal, the strong and the weak, and the ordinary citizen and the police officer. These interactions as well as his knowledge of his neighborhood and other areas in Cairo shaped his sense of himself and how others viewed his standing as a man.

Yet, this process is gendered and boys are taught to be discreet about the attention they pay to their bodily presentations and appearances. In these ways, Ahmed was testing and challenging the attempts of his family to restrict his mobility and regulate his bodily presentations. They would also critically respond to the way he carried his body while doing his chores. One time, for example, his mother severely scolded him because she spotted him walking misahhim (looking preoccupied and absentminded), which is not befitting a man, who should be alert and aware of his surroundings.

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