الجبل الصغير
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الجبل الصغير

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يسمونه الجبل الصغير (الاسم الشعبي الذي كان يطلق على حي الاشرفية في بيروت). وكنا نسميه الجبل الصغير. نحمل الحصى، نرسم الوجوه، نبحث عن بركة ماء نغتسل بها من الرمل، او نملؤها رملا ونبكي. نركض بين حقوله او ما يشبه الحقول، نأخذ سلحفاة بين ايدينا، ونمضي بها الى حيث اوراق الشجر الخضراء تغطي الارض. نخترع اشياء نقولها او لا نقولها. يسمونه الجبل الصغير، كنا نعرف انه ليس جبلا، وكنا ن...more
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Rida Hariri
في المرة المقبلة يجب أن لا نكتفي باحتلال الساحات والأبنية بل يجب تدميرها. الأساسي أنّه يجب أن تكون هناك مرّة مقبلة.
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هذه هي الثورة قلت. هكذا, نعيش وسط اكتشاف كلّ شيء, وسط فراغ كلّ شيء. هذه هي الثورة.
- أنا لا أحب السياسة.
- و أنا لا أتكلم في السياسة, بل أتكلّم عن الثورة.
- ولكنّ الثورة سياسة. أليست الثورة سياسة؟
- لكنها تبدأ دائمًا, رغم السياسة أو داخل السياسة. إنّها الشيء الذي يبدأ دائمًا. مثل الحبّ, مثل الموت, مثلك.
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جميع الأمور تبدأ غامضةً وغير قابلة للاستيعاب. لكنّها في النهاية تتداخل...more
Karlo Mikhail
This novel is as poetic as it is fragmented. It is as jarring as it is beautiful. I confess I picked it up because of Said's foreword. But I definitely disagree with his categorization of the text as postmodern. The extreme alienation and separation brought about by late capitalism in the metropolitan centers of the world capitalist system is altogether different from the fractures and anxieties brought about by the onslaught of war in the global peripheries.
Heidi
Written during the early stages of the Lebanese civil war, Little Mountain provides a compelling look at the chaos and terror unleashed on all forced to endure conflict. Based largely on Khoury’s own experiences within Christian East Beirut (the ‘Little Mountain’ of the title), the narrative unfolds from three different character perspectives – while this strategy may have faltered in the hands of a lesser writer, Khoury deftly balances the stories so that each is complete within itself, and yet...more
Theresa
Okay, I have to confess that I haven't read the last chapter. I'll update this once I have, but we've started discussing the book in class without the professor ever assigning those last pages so I've decided I have enough other reading on my plate.

Overall, this book kind of blows my mind because it's like one long prose poem, and I enjoy that. On the other hand, I'm very confused and I'm not sure how much reading the final chapter will clear things up. Bottom line, this book is like a piece of...more
Nick Marsellas
I appreciate that this book is working with postmodernism, but I just can't help being turned off by its fragmentation. Call me traditional, but I would much rather read the same beautifully poetic prose in a more plot-based form. Still, it's exciting to see international writers working with literary movements we normally associate with the West, and seeing those writers perform brilliantly.
J.M. Hushour
"The Little Mountain" is considered to be one of the first "modern", or "experimental" novels in Arabic. Structurally, it is a series of surreal, "Apocalypse Now"-type vignettes about the horrors of the Lebanese civil war (the early bits) and the non-war being waged in everyday lives. Now, I know full well that there were tons of "experimental" novels done by Arab authors extending back into the 1950s, but the lack of this work's historical exceptionalism should not detract from its excellence....more
Darryl
This poetic novel is set in a neighborhood in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, and is narrated by three men: an Arabic soldier in the Lebanese National Movement; a government employee caught in the middle of the crisis; and an intelligent and idealistic young man who is also participating in the conflict. I found the narrative difficult to follow, as it was often surrealistic and at times overly repetitive, and I skimmed the last half of the book.
Pablo
Jun 20, 2007 Pablo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
If one of my friends out there ever happens to find a copy of this book, preferably the hard bound university of minnesota edition with the said foreward, you could get it for me and it would be the best present ever. I looked for this on a regular basis at powell's for probably five years and never found it...
Belal
طريقة السرد غريبة ،وأحسست فيها بنوع من الاستعلائية على الأحداث ،فلا ترتيب حقيقي في الأحداث وللا السرد ،والكاتب يعيد أحيانا صفحة كاملة بدون تغيير ،وكأن هذه الصفحة ترديد من الكورال ،إلى حد كبير ،أعتقد أني لم أحسن قراءة الرواية
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This beautiful book about civil war is one of my favorites ever. Its fractured lyricism reflects an almost unbearably painful reality.
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English: Elias Khoury.
الياس خوري هو قاص وروائي وناقد وكاتب مسرحي لبناني، ولد في العاصمة اللبنانية بيروت عام 1948. كتب عشر روايات ترجمت إلى العديد من اللغات وثلاث مسرحيات وله العديد من الكتابات النقدية.
شغل منصب رئيس تحرير الملحق الثقافي الأسبوعي لجريدة النهار منذ العام 1993 حتى عام 2009.
وكان مسؤولاً عن القسم الثقافي في جريدة السفير من عام 1983 حتى عام 1990. وعمل مديراً فنياً لمسرح بيروت بين عامي 1...more
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