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It is simultaneously a personal memoir and a political history of a foundational period in Lebanon's history, as seen from the perspective of one small village.In seamless style, Salloukh depicts his home in minute details – from the origin of the village's name, to the history and characteristics of prominent families.Salloukh's historical and political stories are depicted from an informed and analytical frame of mind, with the stated objective of contextualizing the effects of national and regional developments on Qmatieh, as well as Salloukh's own life.As a personal memoir addressed to immediate family, and an informed political history, "Read Nael: The Story of a Village in the History of a Nation" expands readers' understanding of the political developments of Lebanon's early independence years, transporting them to the very center of the unfolding developments behind the era's events.
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