Book Size: 6" x 9"

Pages: 224

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781623717476

Imprint: Olive Branch Press

Editor: RL Attieh and Nadia Tabbara

Release date: Summer 2023

Foreword by: Rawi Hage


Beyond Shattered Glass

Voices from the Aftermath of the Beirut Explosion


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About this book

True stories of survival, strength, and solidarity.

On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion in the Beirut port decimated much of the capital city. The notoriously corrupt and criminally negligent Lebanese government was nowhere to be found. Instead, ordinary people were forced to fend for themselves in extraordinary situations.

They took on the monumental cleanup effort on ground zero. They set up makeshift online resources to find loved ones in hospitals that were overwhelmed. They pulled strangers out of the rubble, regardless of their religion or ethnicity. They set up mental health lines, launched missing persons platforms. They took care of neighbors and comforted one another through tragic losses.

This book is an anthology of creative nonfiction that chronicles their real stories as told by the writers who interviewed them. More than individual accounts, these stories are the product of a collective writing process to archive history and continue to resist injustice.


About the author

Zeina Saab is a Lebanese-American, born in Beirut and raised in the US. After completing her Masters degree in Urban Planning/International Development, she moved to Lebanon in 2008. In 2012, she established The Nawaya Network, an NGO which empowers financially-vulnerable individuals by providing access to income-generating opportunities through entrepreneurship, employment, and economic development programs. She is also the co-founder of SE Factory, a social enterprise dedicated to turning unemployed youth in Lebanon into talented coders.


“This collection is a document that refuses the idea of collateral damage … [It] is filled with humanity, laden with stories of love, tragic loss, days of survival, and death … Beyond Shattered Glass is ultimately a work of altruism and resistance. It is a record of values, and a collection of memories, which stand against the immorality of power and imposed oblivion … But these accounts by witnesses are another kind of remembrance and transformation. The words give voice to traces which are not made of stones, but of lasting voices of love and condemnation.”Rawi Hage, author of Beirut Hellfire Society and De Niro’s Game


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