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My Great Arab Melancholy (Paperback)

My Great Arab Melancholy By Lamia Ziadé, Emma Ramadan (Translated by) Cover Image
By Lamia Ziadé, Emma Ramadan (Translated by)
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Winner of the Prix littéraire France-Liban

'A stunningly stylish, breathtakingly evocative tribute in words and art to the cosmopolitan Levant that exists in defiance of war and empire. I treasure my copy' -- Molly Crabapple, artist and co-author of Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War

My Great Arab Melancholy is a beautiful, elegiac and award-winning book from Lebanese writer and illustrator Lamia Ziadé. Blending the author’s years of research, personal memoir, and more than 300 illustrations, this compelling history of the modern Arab world explores the major thinkers, struggles, and turning points that have shaped the Middle East as we know it today.

Ziadé begins in South Lebanon, “land of martyrs, ruins, and passion”, before taking the reader on a journey through Beirut, Jerusalem, Cairo, and Baghdad. The book moves from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day, tracing the Arab world’s tragedies and the derailing of dreams and possibilities caused in large part by Western imperialism and the conquest of Palestine.

Within these pages there are the blasts of explosions, blood, and tears; cemeteries, wreaths, and ribbons; martyrs and paradise. Ziadé unearths the buried memory of resistance fighters and their lost ideals. In haunting prose and unforgettable images she celebrates the progressive, bold, revolutionary moments and figures of the Arab world’s recent past.

Lamia Ziadé is a Lebanese author, illustrator and visual artist. Born in Beirut in 1968 and raised during the Lebanese Civil War, she moved to Paris at 18 to study graphic arts. She then worked as a designer for Jean Paul Gaultier, exhibited her art in numerous galleries internationally, and went on to publish several illustrated books, including My Port of BeirutÔ nuit, ô mes yeux and Bye Bye Babylon: Beirut 1975-1979.

About the Author


Lamia Ziadé is a Lebanese author, illustrator and visual artist. Born in Beirut in 1968 and raised during the Lebanese Civil War, she moved to Paris at 18 to study graphic arts. She then worked as a designer for Jean-Paul Gaultier, exhibited her art in numerous galleries internationally, and went on to publish several illustrated books, including My Port of BeirutMa très grande mélancolie arabe which won the Prix France-Liban, Ô nuit, ô mes yeux and Bye bye Babylone.

Emma Ramadan is an educator and literary translator from French. She is the recipient of the PEN Translation Prize, the Albertine Prize, two NEA Fellowships, and a Fulbright. Her translations include A Country for Dying by Abdellah Taïa, Zabor, or the Psalms by Kamel Daoud, Panics by Barbara Molinard, and The Easy Life by Marguerite Duras.

Praise For…


'A stunningly stylish, breathtakingly evocative tribute in words and art to the cosmopolitan Levant that exists in defiance of war and empire. I treasure my copy.'
Molly Crabapple, artist and author of Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War

'… a personal, impassioned account … evocative, personal texts with illustrations whose bold, colorful style seems to hark back to hand-painted movie posters'
The New York Review

'Lamia Ziade works as an alchemist'
Elle

'Extraordinary'
Ms Magazine


Product Details
ISBN: 9780745348155
ISBN-10: 0745348157
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: January 20th, 2024
Pages: 416
Language: English