Books by Paula Haydar

PRINTED IN BEIRUT by Jabbour Douaihy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2018

"Not quite the comedy of errors it aspires to be but an intriguing portrait of Lebanese culture nonetheless."
An aspiring writer becomes embroiled in an international crime ring tucked inside Beirut's publishing industry. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN QUARTER by Jabbour Douaihy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 2017

"A brief but rich story of lives intersecting because and in spite of post-9/11 violence."
A cross-section of life in one Tripoli neighborhood, from a wealthy resident to a housecleaner to a terrorist. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF INNOCENCE by Rashid al-Daif
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

Kafka's The Trial and Koestler's Darkness at Noon lie squarely behind this bleak 1997 novel by the Lebanese author of the recently translated Dear Mr. Kawabata (2000). The unnamed narrator, accused of defacing a picture (of what, and why, this action is criminal are never disclosed), imprisoned and interrogated, then subjected to a rigorous self-questioning that seems to point to a generalized universal guilt, for which he is perhaps justly punished after all. But so little is revealed (we know only that it's set during Lebanon's recent civil war), that the reader's sympathies are never fully engaged—and it all seems to add up to little more than a rather pointless exercise in fictional technique. Read full book review >