Hikayat – Short Stories by Lebanese Women — Edited by Roseanne Saad Khalaf.
This introduction included here with thanks and all credit to Roseanne Saad Khalaf. To purchase and for more information on the book, please see: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hikayat-Short-Stories-Lebanese-Women/dp/1846590116
The selections presented in this anthology bring together contemporary stories and prose pieces by established Lebanese women authors as well as promising young writers. They highlight the diversity, startling originality and compelling richness of women’s voices and experiences in a dynamic, fast-changing cosmopolitan society. Collectively, the narratives span three distinct but overlapping eras: the pre-war period, often considered the golden age in Lebanon; the two decades of protracted civil strife; followed by the postwar phase of reconstruction and reconciliation.