Conversations with Abed by Hani Soubra

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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.

About Hani Soubra

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Hani is Lebanese, born in Beirut in 1967. He lives in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He studied in the American University of Beirut, majoring in Economics. He continued his studies in later stages to get his MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His first book Letters to Dalia: Reflections on Lebanon and the Middle East is the result of two and half years of work. The messages in the book are numerous: tolerance, co existence, no blind following, the dangers of the abuse of religion and ideology, think, research, live, enjoy life, be artistic, and most of all find harmony with the self, soul, heart and mind. Aligning the four elements might hold the key to happiness. The second book is a Novel entitled Conversation with Abed. Most part of this Novel was written in the beautiful area of Maria Wörth, a town in Austria. In this novel, Hani creates two characters: Sam and Abed. They are soul mates. They also like debating different topics. These topics, in addition to other characters as well, become the portraits of different aspects of life and people living in Arabia. Hani considers that knowing and learning are an endless journey. Both books are inspired by his daughters - Dala and Lea. Hani hopes he can complete the journey to know more and learn more. As a renowned public speaker, Hani gives lectures worldwide in universities on media, culture, politics and current affairs.
Published August 6, 2012 by Trafford. 280 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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