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Abbas El-Zein

Writer · Tell the Running Water · The Secret Maker of the World · Leave to Remain

Abbas ElZein was born and raised in Beirut. Although he came from a family of religious scholars, he attended a French secular school and studied civil engineering at the American University of Beirut. He has lived in the UK, France and Australia and has travelled in Europe, America, the Arab world and Asia. Abbas has published essays and short stories…

Tell the Running Water

“Documentary realism gives way to poetical grace in this first novel of destruction and self-discovery.” — Debra Adelaide, The Sydney Morning Herald. “As timely as today’s headline, and as timeless as a Levantine love song, Abbas ElZein draws on his own experience of Beirut’s bitter war to create a novel that is elegant and elegiac. This writer has the rarest…

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Leave to Remain

by Abbas El-Zein
2009 · Ligature
genre Memoir

ElZein tells his story of growing up in civil-war Beirut, a city in the throes of self-destruction, yet obstinately clinging to its cosmopolitan past. ElZein traces the genesis of a contemporary Middle Eastern identity – his own – under the influence of culture, religion, history and places far removed from where he grew up: Najaf and Baghdad, Paris, Palestine, London,…

Two excellent reviews of The Secret Maker of the World

It’s great to see two new reviews of Abbas ElZein’s collection of short stories, The Secret Maker of the World. First up is Portia Lindsay in The Australian: Abbas ElZein’s acclaimed 2009 memoir Leave to Remain details his life in Beirut and beyond, and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards judges at the time said…

The Secret Maker of the World

We are very proud and excited to announce the international launch of our first day-and-date title, Abbas ElZein’s exquisite collection of short stories The Secret Maker of the World. These stories span continents and centuries and are inflected with genres from historical to science fiction; and yet they fit perfectly together. The short story as a form is…

Ignition… Blastoff… Launch!

The Stencil Man, Flamingo Gate and Straight, Bent & Barbara Vine to come. Our first day-and-date release will be Abbas ElZein’s remarkable collection of short stories, The Secret Maker of the World, which will be published in late February by UQP in Australia and New Zealand and by Ligature throughout the rest of the world. We have already published…

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The Secret Maker of the World

by Abbas El-Zein
2014 · Ligature
genre Stories

A sniper on the rooftops of Beirut. A fisherman of bodies in the Yellow River. A medieval geographer waiting for the Mongol invaders. A long-haul flight with a masked stranger and a tormentor from the past. A woman searching for her lover through a war zone. Abbas ElZein’s new collection of stories spans continents and centuries, resting for a moment…

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