The eternal return of Jean Said Makdisi’s Beirut Fragments (1990)

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(Tripoli’s blast, North Lebanon, August 23 2013. Photograph by http://www.news.com.au)

“We are unforgiving judges of those who have not shared our experiences. We are like a secret society. We have our own language; we recognise signs that no one else does; we joke about our most intense pain, bewildering outsiders; we walk a tightrope pitched over an abyss of panic that a novice does not even perceive, let alone understand. We are provoked to anger and fear by the smallest detail while suffering calamity calmly”.

(Jean Said Makdisi, 1990)

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(Dahiye’s explosion, Beirut’s Southern Suburbs, August 15 2013. Photograph by http://www.beirut.com)

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