No Lipstick in Lebanon

I could leave any time I liked. But you? Stuck inside their house for years . . . the Arabs could kill you at their whim. You were nothing to them.' Oh God. That's absolutely true. Girls come back every week in boxes from Lebanon.

Author: Paul Timblick

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783521635

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Meron Lemma couldn't know there was a fate worse than wasting away as a poor teenager in the Ethiopian slum where she was born. Desperate to create her own destiny, and drawn by the irresistible possibility of earning real dollars as a maid in Beirut, Meron leaves her devout mother and family behind to join the many other Habesha migrants searching for a better life in the Middle East. Only once there does she realise the ugly truth: instead of opportunity, she has found captivity. Instead of freedom, subordination. Trapped and mistreated by the harsh Madame, Meron lives in constant fear – fear of the daily onslaught of Madame's vicious spite; of her cruel and callous daughters; of the sexual advances of her predatory son; and most of all, fear of losing her sense of self... her Habesha spirit... even her life. Rich in cultural detail and exposing the ongoing, under-reported horrors facing domestic workers in Lebanon today, No Lipstick in Lebanon is a harrowing account of the unremitting hell of modern slavery. Told through the escalating plight of our heroine, this is not just a fictionalised report of one maid's ordeal, but rather the uncovering of a larger issue plaguing a generation of women.

No Lipstick in Lebanon

This is the study of a savage Lebanese family, though it could so easily be set in another country in this region.

Author: P. J. Timblick

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781494714352

Category: Fiction

Page: 354

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Her devout mother was firmly against it. But as a teenager drifting through the drudgery of Addis Ababa's slums, the possibility of earning dollars as a maid in Beirut was irresistible. Why shouldn't a poor Ethiopian girl choose her own destiny? Except Meron Lemma had no idea what she was doing. The ugly truth hit Meron as she peered down thirteen storeys to the street below from her tempestuous Beirut penthouse. Trapped and mistreated by the harsh Madame and callous offspring, Meron wondered if she'd return to her mother in a coffin. Was jumping the only escape? Rich with bi-cultural detail, 'No Lipstick in Lebanon' is typical for Ethiopia's domestic servants in Beirut today, succumbing to un-investigated horrors within 'respectable' family homes. Here, through the escalating suspense endured by our heroine, the unremitting Hell of Lebanese servitude is laid bare. 'An amazing story, ' Watson Little Literary Agency 'Heart-wrenching, ' Susijn Literary Agency 'Extraordinary, ' Eve White Literary Agency

Wings Of Exile Portrait of a Lebanese Family

During the Sixties, golden years for many countries and not least for Lebanon, this jewel of a country had been ... “Have a lovely evening sweetheart, and don't forget to put some lipstick on,” Norma called out to her daughter.

Author: Tanya Julien


ISBN: 0244318301

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 386

View: 994

Beirut, 1979. A little girl, Carla, listens in fear to the sound of her cityOs martyr under bombs and shelling. War rages on but people still spend week-ends at the beach, family reunions still take place and everyone is trying to live life to the fullest, as if each moment was the last. The fighting intensifies and it is time to set off for Cyprus, leaving the land of her roots behind. Next move to Belgium, where she discovers Northern Europe and is now clearly in exile. From 1979 to 1996, this is the story of a Lebanese womanOs nomadic destiny, like so many, suffering from a never-ending war yet keeping the wildest hopes, the strength of a family fragmented around the world, its traditions, and above all, fantastic resilience and an appetite for life.

The Heart of Lebanon

cheeks, rosy and jasmine-colored, were blooming, their lipstick was well placed, and their voices were pure and resonant ... Who would not have such feelings when talking about an educated, refined woman who can tackle hardships just as ...

Author: Ameen Rihani

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815655142

Category: History


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When celebrated mahjar writer Ameen Rihani returned to his native Lebanon from his long stay in New York, he set out on nine journeys through the Lebanese countryside, from the rising mountains to the shores of the Mediterranean, to experience and document the land in intimate detail. Through his travelogue The Heart of Lebanon, Rihani brings his readers along by foot and by mule to explore rural villages like his childhood home of Freike, the flora and fauna of massive cedar forests, and archaeological sites that reveal the history of Lebanon. Meeting goatherds, healers, monks, and more along the way, Rihani offers more than vivid descriptions of the country’s sweeping scenery. His candid and often humorous narration captures what he sees as the soul of Lebanon and its people. Allen’s fluid translation transports English-language readers to an early twentieth-century rural Lebanon of the writer’s time in a way that only Rihani’s firsthand account can accomplish.

The Lebanese Collection

There was lipstick on the filter but he wouldn't mind. “I thought of asking if he wanted to stay with us.” “No!” The cigarette bounced up and down, stuck on his bottom lip. Gisele was shocked at his vehemence. “No way.

Author: David Cullen


ISBN: 0955991188

Category: Fiction

Page: 740

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THREE FULL-LENGTH NOVELS featuring Captain Jihad Merhi of the Lebanese Internal Security Service and Captain Fadi Lattouf of the Palestinian Civil Police. THE BAALBECK DECISION: What links a series of murders in the Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp with the assassination of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri? Merhi and Lattouf race against time to prevent the event which will change Lebanon forever. THE BYBLOS DISCOVERY: 'Sajida was right' - a cryptic message leads to murders in New York and Lebanon and sends Merhi and Lattouf on a chase to find al-Mahdi. Is the world ready for The Second Coming which could blow the Middle Eastern order apart? THE BEIRUT CONFESSION: As civil war rages in next door Syria, Merhi and Lattouf have to find a spy in the security services - before the spy finds them.

Remember Me To Lebanon

Only a few yards away now, and the woman showed no signs of swerving. ... the baggy eyelids, the flowered muumuu, its colors muddy in the lamplight, her lips off-color too, thickly smeared with lipstick. ... No 92 | Remember Me to Lebanon.

Author: Evelyn Shakir

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 0815608764

Category: Fiction

Page: 165

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Evelyn C. Shakir paints tales that are rich in history and background. She sets her stories in different eras, from the 1960s to the present, peopled with Lebanese women of different ages, sometimes writing letters, often reminiscing, looking back as far as the turn of the century. In different ways, these first and second-generation women struggle with feminist issues overshadowed by the demands of dual cultures. In Young Ali a teenager tries to listen to her beloved father’s time-honored tales of males in friendship and marriage. Aggie of House Calls is a deceased matriarch who returns to haunt her family with reminders of the customs she fought to uphold while alive. Shakir’s other heroines include a thrice-divorced thirty-year-old woman quibbling with a modern matchmaker, an elderly non-Lebanese woman who spies on Muslim neighbors in the wake of 9/11, and a traditional wife and mother who thinks she has found a route out of Old World womanly duties. Many of the authors’s women grapple with reclaiming or abandoning ancestral demands, and finessing age-old male-female relationships. In Oh, Lebanon a war-haunted Lebanese-born woman willfully departs from the mores of her upbringing, with surprising results. With agile humor and emotional truth, Shakir offers multiple perspectives on Lebanese women trying to change roles in a new landscape without surrendering cultural identity.

Lipstick Jihad

No, we were not in Iran. That would have involved what political scientists like to call step-change, a major and significant transformation in a country's development. I had come to Lebanon to do a story on Hezbollah and had extended ...

Author: Azadeh Moaveni

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1586485490

Category: History

Page: 272

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As far back as she can remember, Azadeh Moaveni has felt at odds with her tangled identity as an Iranian-American. In suburban America, Azadeh lived in two worlds. At home, she was the daughter of the Iranian exile community, serving tea, clinging to tradition, and dreaming of Tehran. Outside, she was a California girl who practiced yoga and listened to Madonna. For years, she ignored the tense standoff between her two cultures. But college magnified the clash between Iran and America, and after graduating, she moved to Iran as a journalist. This is the story of her search for identity, between two cultures cleaved apart by a violent history. It is also the story of Iran, a restive land lost in the twilight of its revolution. Moaveni's homecoming falls in the heady days of the country's reform movement, when young people demonstrated in the streets and shouted for the Islamic regime to end. In these tumultuous times, she struggles to build a life in a dark country, wholly unlike the luminous, saffron and turquoise-tinted Iran of her imagination. As she leads us through the drug-soaked, underground parties of Tehran, into the hedonistic lives of young people desperate for change, Moaveni paints a rare portrait of Iran's rebellious next generation. The landscape of her Tehran -- ski slopes, fashion shows, malls and cafes -- is populated by a cast of young people whose exuberance and despair brings the modern reality of Iran to vivid life.

Lebanese Blonde

The red lipstick he'd watched her put on smudged now, her lips pursed in dream, puffy like raspberries you just want to lean over and nibble on. But not right now. Now, he settled back under the covers as gently as he could so as not to ...

Author: Joseph Geha

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472118455

Category: Fiction

Page: 285

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The story of two Lebanese immigrant cousins who concoct a scheme to import a potent strain of hashish into the United States, using the family's mortuary business as a cover

Because They Hate

I spent most of my time looking at their pictures and the other reminders that I had brought back with me: clothes, books, lipstick, a pair of sunglasses. ... The Christians of southern Lebanon barely had any media attention.

Author: Brigitte Gabriel

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429927932

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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Brigitte Gabriel lost her childhood to militant Islam. In 1975 she was ten years old and living in Southern Lebanon when militant Muslims from throughout the Middle East poured into her country and declared jihad against the Lebanese Christians. Lebanon was the only Christian influenced country in the Middle East, and the Lebanese Civil War was the first front in what has become the worldwide jihad of fundamentalist Islam against non-Muslim peoples. For seven years, Brigitte and her parents lived in an underground bomb shelter. They had no running water or electricity and very little food; at times they were reduced to boiling grass to survive. Because They Hate is a political wake-up call told through a very personal memoir frame. Brigitte warns that the US is threatened by fundamentalist Islamic theology in the same way Lebanon was— radical Islam will stop at nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries. Gabriel saw this mission start in Lebanon, and she refuses to stand silently by while it happens here. Gabriel sees in the West a lack of understanding and a blatant ignorance of the ways and thinking of the Middle East. She also points out mistakes the West has made in consistently underestimating the single-mindedness with which fundamentalist Islam has pursued its goals over the past thirty years. Fiercely articulate and passionately committed, Gabriel tells her own story as well as outlines the history, social movements, and religious divisions that have led to this critical historical conflict.