The Heart of Lebanon (Middle East Literature in Translation) (Paperback)

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The Heart of Lebanon (Middle East Literature in Translation) (Paperback)

By Roger Allen (Translator), Ameen Rihani


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When celebrated mahjar writer Ameen Rihani returned to his native Lebanon from his long stay in New York, he set out on nine journeys through the Lebanese countryside, from the rising mountains to the shores of the Mediterranean, to experience and document the land in intimate detail.

Through his travelogue The Heart of Lebanon, Rihani brings his readers along by foot and by mule to explore rural villages like his childhood home of Freike, the flora and fauna of massive cedar forests, and archaeological sites that reveal the history of Lebanon. Meeting goatherds, healers, monks, and more along the way, Rihani offers more than vivid descriptions of the country's sweeping scenery. His candid and often humorous narration captures what he sees as the soul of Lebanon and its people. Allen's fluid translation transports English-language readers to an early twentieth-century rural Lebanon of the writer's time in a way that only Rihani's firsthand account can accomplish.
Ameen Rihani (1876-1940) was a writer, political activist, intellectual, and poet who wrote in both English and Arabic. Born in Lebanon, he immigrated to New York as a child, where, along with Kahlil Gibran, he became part of the literary and artistic community. He is the author of numerous works, including The Book of Khalid. Roger Allen is the Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor Emeritus of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, School of Arts and Sciences, and professor emeritus of Arabic and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author and translator of numerous books, including A Sleepless Eye: Aphorisms from the Sahara by Ibrahim al-Koni.
Product Details ISBN: 9780815611295
ISBN-10: 0815611293
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: August 12th, 2021
Pages: 544
Language: English
Series: Middle East Literature in Translation