Alexandre Najjar-book cover Les Anges de Millesgarden
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Alexandre Najjar's 2013 travelogue "Les Anges de Millesgarden" (The Angels of Millesgarden) was inspired by the francophone author's travels around Sweden.Najjar's book is an erudite literary project.This contrapuntal approach enables Lebanese readers to empathize with Najjar's journey of discovery.Najjar devotes extensive passages to describing Sweden's natural beauty.Najjar's work is replete with numerous literary references, both from the Middle East and the West.The works of Jan Massys, Jacob Jordaens, Rembrandt, Picasso and Chagall mingle within a society that Najjar – quoting his friend Laurent, Millesgarden's gardener – describes as "paradise".Lest his readers find his depictions of Sweden to be a trifle worshipful, Najjar punctuates and contextualizes his personal travelogue with asides to Swedish history, that is, tales of the country's monarchs. Alexandre Najjar's "Les Anges de Millesgarden" is published in French by Editions Gallimard and is available is select local bookstores.
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