Jocelyne Saab and the Anatomy of Trauma

In Beirut, trauma and destruction make for emblematic bedfellows. Where the Orientalist imaginary sees that city as one of carnal pleasures, the modern history of Lebanon is one of intergenerational trauma woven through decades of wars—a natural consequence of colonial empires drawing borders where previously there were none. A nation-state birthed by a Franco-British alliance […]