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ipod shuffles. . . *Download Book ⇕ نابوليتانا ☟ Napolitana CHOUMAN HilalDar al adab , Lebanon , Beirut ,,pagesSummarySet in Beirut of the year , Napolitana is a modern successful mix of fresh air, smartness and gravity How can a girl with who I was for a long while, leave me, get married and have a child within a year Napolitana s main character asks himself Haitham is an almost depressed, unhappy, anti hero in his late twenties, living in the confined space of his room and his computer screenHaving come across his ex girlfriend at the landmark Napolitana pizza place on Hamra street in Beirut, with her husband and child, he is pushed further away from self confidence It is in such circumstances, during a party, that Haitham allegedly meets Yumna, a woman in her mid forties with who he will have an affair This affair remains a very private matter, as none of his two only friends, the couple Hani and Amal, would ever think it possible for him to go on such an adventure, let alone seduce an older and attractive woman While a friend of Hani s, a strange bond ties Haitham to Amal She finds comfort in his unthreatening presence, and he is almost unknowingly attracted to her, obsessed as he is with the beauty spot on her neck With this constellation of three women, the reality of which sometimes tends to fade away or cristallize in blurred dreams, behind windows, or in snapshots publihsed on facebook, Haitham s universe is sealed His life oscillates between the web, where he very attentively follows the blog of unknown young man to which he curiously relates, and these women, who sometimes seem fantasized than real Some sense of urgency, perhaps Haitham s deep dissatisfaction with himself, his chicken legs and sloppy belly, his boyish harmless looks and his being invisible to the outside world, will drive him to shatter this world of his into pieces A destruction that strangely coincides with the dissapearance of his virtual friend s blog In this sense, Napolitana is a novel of initiation revisited, with a bold modern fabricHaitham is not a loveable character, but he is extremely real, and the reader relates to him with great ease Chouman with his exquisite and unique voice, positions himself as well as his work very clearly in post war Lebanon The book is an interesting balance between the implicit deep existential anguish of a thirty year old, and the futility of his personal drama There is no tragedy here, just a subtle hint of gravity that comes with the uneasiness of growing up and will lead to an even lonelier, but perhaps also confident, main characterChouman s writing is indeed positively modern, using short, straightforward yet surprisingly poetic sentences Integrating very naturally references to technology and English idioms into a beautifully fluent Arabic, Chouman succeeds in re creating very accurately the atmosphere of Beirut in the year , at it is lived by its youth Hilal Chouman was born in Beirut, Lebanon inHe works as a social media strategist in a telecom company Hilal has published several short stories in dailies and cultural supplements, where he also occasionally contributes as a journalist