“I Was Convinced that Beirut Stopped at that Wall”: An interview with Zeina Abirached

I'm a huge fan of Zeina Abirached's graphic novel A Game for Swallows. It didn't catch on when it came out last year - and I was sad to see did not end up nominated for an Eisner Award. It's a great book. It's a wonderful child's view of the Lebanese Civil War as experienced in Beirut - but more than the story of that specific conflict, Abirached does a masterful job through the artwork of conveying a sense of being trapped in a city, of the violence happening around, that sense of claustrophobia and atmosphere of fear. It is a book that's a beautifully drawn as it is wonderfully written about a thoughtful, important topic.

I cannot recommend A Game for Swallows highly enough.

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