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Elias Khoury: Look your enemy in the mirror

The Lebanese novelist reflects on the civil war engulfing the Middle East and what it takes to forgive

By Sameer Rahim  

Buildings from before the end of the civil war still dot Beirut

The great Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury is not only one of the giants of Arab literature, he is also one of the sharpest observers of a region that has been coping with dictatorship and civil war for decades. Born in 1948, he was raised in a mainly Christian area in East Beirut. During the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990), he sided with the Palestinians, volunteering with the PLO’s…

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