The idea of writing this book was to deliver portraits of concepts, people, characters and events that engulf and sometimes define our lives. The frames of these portraits are personal, social, political, emotional, and spiritual. The two main characters are Sam and Abed. They are soul mates. They live in a small village called Languardia where they enjoy walking in nature and debating different topics.
Sam and Abed are a summary of situations we had encountered in our daily lives. These situations are either personal - relating to the anxieties, frustrations, romance, love, and heroism of the individual - or social, which relate to society and the empty taboos and meaningless slogans around us.
As a writer from Lebanon, I need to emphasize that the concepts and people portrayed here are not exclusive to the Arab world or Lebanon. They can be found everywhere. We are global citizens after all, who are in constant search of a place like Languardia, or a friendship similar to that of Sam and Abed, in addition to the heroism and honesty of some of the other characters as well.
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Published August 6, 2012
Literature & Fiction.