Free eBook I Remember BeirutAuthor Zeinia Abirached –

Zeina Abirached, author of the award winning graphic novel A Game for Swallows, returns with a powerful collection of wartime memories Abirached was born in Lebanon inShe grew up in Beirut as fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets Follow her past cars riddled with bullet holes, into taxi cabs that travel where buses refuse to go, and on outings to collect shrapnel from the sidewalk With striking black and white artwork, Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone

7 thoughts on “I Remember Beirut

  1. cam cam says:

    Bought this for my 8 yr old She loves it Its accessible on many levels so I am enjoying it too Illustrations are gorgeous, text is pure poetry.

  2. Vivek Tejuja Vivek Tejuja says:

    It doesn t take time to read a graphic memoir However, it does take time for it to settle in your heart and mind, if you allow it to that is I Remember Beirut is one such memoir I don t think it is spoken about all that much as Persepolis or Maus, but it is in the same vein and extremely relevant sadly even today, given the times we live in.Zeina Abirached writes about growing up during the Lebanese Civil War She remembers things that happened in Beirut and what it was like to be a child in such a time Zeina remembers all sorts of things the darkness, being hugged by her mother, the holes in her mother s Renault, the colours, how her brother loved collecting shrapnel for his collection, and her backpack that had everything she wanted, if they ever had to be on the run.I Remember Beirut is a book of childhood remembrances as seen through the eyes of a child A childhood that was partially lost, a childhood that also had so many happy things in it songs, laughter, and fun in the most unusual ways.Abirached uses black and white drawings for this book and it works wondrously Sometimes all you have is pitch black panels depicting what they have to in the most subtle manner At others, the combination reflecting violence, happy times, or just humour works splendidly, with clean lines and patterns that add the extra touch to the memoir Also, though quite short it worked for me, and also kept me wanting .I Remember Beirut is a marvellous look at East Beirut during the Civil War through the eyes of not only a child, but also involving her family, friends, and slowly coming to some realisations of how life can be during wartime.


    Nice book that makes you overcome with nostalgia about technology in the 1980sbullet riddled cars,destroyed civil property, using kerosene due to unavailablility of gas or electricitysimple pleasures of day to day life recorded in black and white illustrations.

  4. gordjenkins gordjenkins says:

    Bit of a disappointment in so few pages and info A cartoon book with only second rate drawings A big disappointment

  5. sonyagrob sonyagrob says:

    This book is a very simple book where the author remembers things that happened growing up in Beirut Little things like the sounds and smells Big things like The Green Line Rides in the car My grandfather was from Lebanon Having family still in Beirut and having been to Beirut and fallen in love with her, this was bittersweet, to know and read about the things that so many have lived with all of their lives It s a simple book about a complex world

  6. booklover booklover says:

    Zeina Abirached writes of her experience during the war in Lebanon The deliberate choice of using black and white brings out the tragedy that she lived.She never knew the Beirut that used to be known as the Paris of the Middle East, her memories are all of the war and nothing else This is very sad but it also is an eye opener about the effects of war on children.

  7. Laloush Laloush says:

    My childhood friend s daughter wrote this book