This Thing Called Love

Author: Alawiya Sobh

Publishing House: Seagull Books

Publication Year: 2023

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 412

In her novel “His Name is Love,” Lebanese author Alaweya Sobh offers an insightful look into Beirut society, focusing on the fates of multiple characters that embody the human face of Lebanon’s crises. From the civil war to the July 2006 conflict, the novel delves into the internal and external struggles shaping the social and political fabric of the country. The work portrays human suffering and complex experiences in love and fear, set against a backdrop of perpetual violence. Through this, the novel achieves a psychological and social depth that makes it a strong contender on the long list for the Arabic Booker Prize.

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