Alexandre Najjar was eight years old when bloody and brutal hostilities erupted in Lebanon; he was twenty-three when the guns at last fell silent. After seven years of voluntary exile spent trying to escape the nightmare of civil war, he is now back amongst his family and friends, and the past is quickly catching up with him.
As he reacquaints himself with his bullet-riddled city, Alexandre is haunted by vivid memories which he sets down with extraordinary imagination and humour. Sometimes nostalgic, and sometimes brutal and shocking, The School of War offers unforgettable insight into a child’s experiences during times of conflict.
About the Author
Alexandre Najjar was born in Lebanon in 1967. A lawyer, literary critic, and one of Lebanon's finest contemporary novelists, Najjar has won many prizes for his writing, including the Bourse de l'Écrivain, Prix de Poésie de la Ville de Paris, the Prix du Palais Littéraire and, most recently, the Amsterdam Prize. His books include The School of War(Telegram, 2006) and Kahlil Gibran: A Biography. He lives in Beirut and Paris.
About the Translator
Laurie Wilson also translated The School of War by the same author and Young Girl by Anne Wiazemsky, (both Telegram). She lives and works in Lyon, France.
'A marvellously affecting memoir of the war in Lebanon: perfectly pitched and intensely evocative, and all the more powerful from being seen through the eyes of a child.' William Boyd
'Heartrending and at the same time heartwarming. The war in Beirut may have stolen Najjar's childhood, but it did nothing to cloud his vision or silence his singular voice' Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter