The Book of Khalid
By Ameen Rihani
Illustrated by Kahlil Gibran
Afterword by Todd Fine
Melville House Publishing, 2012
The World Through the Eyes of Angels
By Mahmoud Saeed
Translated by Samuel Salter, Zahra Jishi, and Rafah Abuinnab
Syracuse University Press, 2011
The Night Counter
By Alia Yunis
Three Rivers Press, 2009
At the Edge of the City: Reinhabiting Public Space Toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh al-Sanawbar
Edited by Fadi Shayya
Discursive Formations, 2010
Arab Voices in Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Anglophone Arab Literature
Edited by Layla al-Maleh
Rodopi Books, 2009, 504 pp.
La Confession Negative (The Negative Confession)
By Richard Millet
Gallimard, 2009, France
Richard Millet’s recent work “La Confession Negative” is a harrowing tale based on the author’s participation in the Lebanese civil war in 1976. Residing in a grey area between memoir and novel, the book’s central theme is Millet’s becoming an author through the experience of war. Millet has previously written of this experience, albeit in a more roundabout fashion, in his first novel, “Sur un Balcon a Beyrouth.”
A Country Called Amreeka: Arab Roots, American Stories
By Alia Malek
Free Press, 330 pp, 2009
Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists: Artists of the American Mosaic
By Fayeq Oweis
Greenwood Press, 2008, 336 pp.
Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life, and Resistance Under the Gun
By Wafaa Bilal and Kari Lydersen
City Lights, 2008.
It has been observed that art does not, in fact, imitate life. Art can only, and at best, hold up an imperfect mirror to life, one which exaggerates certain elements while neglecting others. Perfect imitation is never possible.