Alexandre Najjar’s father was celebrated in the legal profession for his rare eloquence. In the courtroom the word is everything, and his work was his life.
He was also the father of six children, punishing them severely when they broke the rules. Behind this harsh exterior, however, lay an affectionate man, brimming with humour and curiosity.
Then, a sudden heart attack left him wheelchair-bound and painfully deprived of the eloquence for which he was so well respected. But the love of his family would help him overcome this trying time.
A poignant and loving tribute to a father from a son.
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.