You know you're Lebanese when...
up the title, You Know You're Lebanese When... Turning Point Books
used this sentence starter as the recipe to capture a taste of
the Lebanese in Lebanon with their quirky characteristics. For
our publishing house's creative kitchen, vetting a talented illustrator
to stir the soup was an essential ingredient to giving the text
its full flavor.
30 sentences, it's tricky to capture a nationality's idiosyncrasies,
customs and contradictions. Our seemingly simple selection was
complex to whisk up because it's easy to fall into clichés
and fail to capture the essence of a people.
We just wanted
to dish out a quirky taste of the Lebanese, a proud, resourceful
people whose country is a strategic strip of land on the Eastern
Mediterranean. A small country with big flavor, Lebanon is at
times funny and endearing, at other times bold and brash. It's
a motley mix of strong family ties, lifestyle, allergy to following
rule and order and a tendency to "show off".
We at Turning
Point Books enjoyed adding a big dash of humor to this complex
Lebanese stew. For future editions, if you'd like to add your
own seasoning, please send your sentence.
go to our English editor, Julie Hannouche, for sharpening and
refining the sentences, Sabine Taoukjian for her marvelous Arabic
translation and editing. Sinan Hallak for his sleek and stylish
graphic design work, and to Karim Al-Dahdah, our illustrator,
for his humorous visual interpretation of the phrases. Our final
thanks go to the Lebanese themselves for delighting and infuriating
the world with their peculiarities and charm. This book laughs
with the Lebanese, not at them!
was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and started freelancing at age 18,
when he was still an undergraduate at the Academie Libanaise des
Beaux-Arts (ALBA). After a Master's degree in Illustration from
the Savannah College of Art and Design, USA, he founded Karim
Al-Dahdah Illustration Studio, with a focus on school books, children's
books and editorial and advertising illustrations. He is also
a part-time instructor at ALBA and the Lebanese American University.
You know you're Lebanese when... Illustrations: Karim Al-Dahdah.
In English and Arabic - 14 x 16 x 0.6 cm - Extracts
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