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Printed in Beirut : a novel

Author: Jabbūr Duwayhī; Paula Haydar
Publisher: Northampton, MA : Interlink Books, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First American edition
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A dazzling mystery set in the world of Lebanon's book publishing industry. Farid Abou Char arrives in Beirut on a hot summer morning with his manuscript, looking for a publisher. He is turned down by all of themnobody reads anymore, he is told. Instead, he accepts a job as a proofreader at the famous old print house Karam Bros., allegedly established in 1908. Disappointed by the menial tasks of checking catalogs and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction)
Suspense fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jabbūr Duwayhī; Paula Haydar
ISBN: 9781623719906 1623719909
OCLC Number: 1021219323
Notes: "Originally published in Arabic as Toubiʻa fi Beirut by al-Saqi, Beirut, Lebanon 2016"--Title page verso.
Description: 220 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Ṭibiʻa fī Bayrūt.
Responsibility: by Jabbour Douaihy ; translated by Paula Haydar.

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A dazzling mystery set in the world of Lebanon's book publishing industry. Farid Abou Char arrives in Beirut on a hot summer morning with his manuscript, looking for a publisher. He is turned down by all of themnobody reads anymore, he is told. Instead, he accepts a job as a proofreader at the famous old print house Karam Bros., allegedly established in 1908. Disappointed by the menial tasks of checking catalogs and ad copy, Farid secretly hopes that his book will eventually be published. His manuscript never leaves his side until one day it disappears and then reemerges, beautifully printed. Farid soon realizes that the expensive paper its printed on is the same that the company is using to manufacture fake twenty-euro bills, and that the person who printed the book is none other than his bosss wife. Entangled in a police investigation and an illicit flirtation, Farid discovers that the Karam Bros. print house is not what it seems. Douaihy dizzies the reader with an intricate play of appearances and deception, and as always, portrays Lebanese society with exquisite irony.

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