Published Works

Publications

Inspirations

Zena´s Readings & picks

Publications

Inspirations

Beirut, I Love You

Gallery

Beirut, I Love You: Booktrailer for Zena el Khalil - Posted by Zena El Khalil, August 29, 2010

Beirut I Love You is Zena el Khalil’s rollicking yet tender memoir about living in a city that thrives on contrasts and contradictions.

This is the story of Zena, a young woman who has fallen under the spell of a city that threatens to engulf her in war, grief and love affairs.

In the streets armed militias carve out their territories, while ragged construction workers rebuild the city. Refugees sleep five to a bed as bleach-blonds wend their way to the next drug-fuelled supernightclub. At any moment, the bombs will start falling.

Meanwhile, Zena and her best friend Maya must try to make sense of their lives amidst the craziness, and negotiate the city’s many obsessions including cosmetic surgery, husband hunting and Kalashnikovs.

As honest as it is forgiving, this artist’s memoir pits love and art against the ever-present threat of war.

Buy on Amazon

El Khalil brings the city and its current events to life through personal anecdotes about loss, tragedy, friendship, life as a young woman in a polarized city, and love for this conflicted, beautiful place she calls home.

Gwyneth Paltrow / 
Goop

Available Translations

Lebanon, Lebanon edited by Anna Wilson (Saqi Books)

Gallery

Beirut Noir edited by Iman Humaydan (Akashic Books)

Gallery