In the oppressive atmosphere of an incessant war, four women experience the difficult art of survival.
During the last days of the civil war that shocked Lebanon between 1975 and 1991, four women share their life experiences in a Beirut building.
The intertwining of their stories reveals the complexity of a conflict that sees Druze, Christians and Muslims face each other, first united by a common history and now fiercely enemies. Ties of love and friendship, family relationships and good neighborliness are definitively broken when the perception of the other is deformed by the barriers erected by the war in Lebanon.
Specchio dell’assurdità del conflitto è Beirut. La capitale è divisa in due da posti di blocco e barricate che le protagoniste del romanzo si ostinano ad attraversare, con la volontà di ribellarsi a ogni costo alla forza bruta, alla violenza che invade le strade, le case, le vite di ognuno.
In a "feminine" gaze, Iman Humaydan Younes reflects on the collective responsibility of an entire population who let hatred prevail over any attempt at mediation.
"The rapid, snappy and sometimes telegraphic rhythm of prose seems to reproduce bursts of bullets and bombs, reviving the desperation of war, but also the occasional appearance of beauty".