The Lebanese Post-civil-war Novel

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Between 1975 and 1990, Lebanon was the theatre for a series of armed conflicts that pitted against each other a host of local, regional, and global actors in various constellations. Palestinian and Lebanese left-wing and Maronite Christian militias, the armies of Syria, Israel, US marines and Hizbullah all had their role to play. As large-scale violence subsided after the Ṭāʾif agreement (1989), the Lebanese were left with a divided, and in many places destroyed, capital, hundreds of thousands of casualties and disappeared individuals, and a novelistic tradition of writing about the war that is now often regarded as the beginning of a properly Lebanese literature. Today, the authors who began writing about the conflict in the late 1970s and 1980s are ranked among the most highly…

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Citation: Lang, Felix. "The Lebanese Post-civil-war Novel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 April 2018 [, accessed 02 December 2023.]

19502 The Lebanese Post-civil-war Novel 2 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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