Magazine article World Literature Today

House of Stone

Magazine article World Literature Today

House of Stone

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Anthony Shadid. House of Stone. New York. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012. isbn 9780547134666

Some might consider building a home in a country as politically volatile and prone to violence as Lebanon an exercise in futility, especially somebody who's witnessed as much destruction, conflict, and carnage as Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs reporter Anthony Shadid. But despite all the violence he's observed and even fallen prey to in the Middle East (Shadid was shot in the shoulder by a sniper while covering the West Bank in 2002 and kidnapped, beaten, and held hostage for four days in Libya last spring), the New York Times' Beirut bureau chief shares an enlightening and occasionally poignant memoir of loss, redemption, and hope in House of Stone, his own tale of creation and genealogical reconciliation.

Two long stories, made short: First, Shadid took a year of absence from his position reporting in the Middle East to rebuild his family's ancestral home in Marjayoun, Lebanon. Second, after amassing hours of interviews with family members, old diaries, and other firsthand documents, he tells the story of his greatgrandfather Isber Samara, who sent his children off to America to avoid the violence that marked the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. …

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