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Beirut Won't Cry

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Beirut Won’t Cry shows us how an artist views the world and everything in it — his relationships, his family, and his creative pursuits — as it violently crumbles around him. Both historically vital and hilarious, Beirut Won’t Cry introduces Mazen Kerbaj’s unique voice and urgent pen to an American audience for the very first time, teaching readers how to carry on and resi ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Fantagraphics-FU (first published January 1st 2007)
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David Schaafsma
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I try to be a fucking witness. To show a little bit of what is happening here. I my own way."

Jazz trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj kept a blog during the bombing of Beirut in the summer of 2006. These sometimes feature words, but more often they are quickly sketches cartoons accomplished during the actual bombing. In case you are inclined, as some of his readers were, to take sides, he claimed the blog was not primarily political, but shared as a human being an artist who was overwhelmed by what was happ
World Literature Today
"Kerbaj’s cartoons, narrated in English, Arabic, and French, convey the complex mixture of emotions he experienced during the war. In stark black-and-white drawings, he carries his audience on his journey from despair to anger to apathy and back again—along with brief but happy respites during his trips out of Beirut to visit his son and ex-wife in the mountains beyond the city." - Paul Love

This book was reviewed in the Mar/Apr 2018 issue of World Literature Today magazine. Read the full review
Thought provoking and often terrifying account of one artist's life in Beirut during the Israeli bombing campaign in 2006.
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Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marzen kept a blog that included his visual diary during the Lebanon War of 2006. I was almost 30 then. Was my head that far in the sand? Why did I not know this was happening? I feel ignorant about many of the goings on in the Middle East. I will work on becoming more well-versed.
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Mazen Kerbaj was born in 1975 in Beirut and lived there since. His main activities are comics, painting and music.
After a lot of works for different publishers and magazines, it is in March 2000 that he releases some of his more personal works in his Journal 1999 (a dairy in comics' format). He self-published eight other books and many short stories since.