Book Size: 5.25" x 8"

Pages: 256

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566569620

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Translator: Michelle Hartman

Release date: 04/02/14

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Other Lives


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“A rewarding and cohesive fictionalized meditation on the nature of place, emigration, and memory.” —World Literature Today

About this book

A new novel from award-winning Lebanese writer Iman Humaydan.

"Did I live many lives or only one life enough for many women?" asks Miriyam in Other Lives. This third novel by Lebanese writer, Iman Humaydan, starkly and poignantly demonstrates how war, violence and dislocation have an impact not only on the lives of people who live through them but what life itself means, particularly for women. In Other Lives, Miriyam's travels take her from her Shouf mountain village to Beirut, Melbourne and Paradise, Australia to Nairobi, Mombasa and Cape Town. Unwilling to be tied down by geography, language or men, Miriyam forges a path through the world that is at once hers uniquely and also deeply informed by her life's experiences. Again and again, she is drawn back to the Lebanon of her birth and childhood, only to find it no longer there. She is forced to confront the ghosts of the civil war- her dead brother, her disappeared lover, and the life that she left behind when she immigrated to Australia.

Humaydan deftly explores one woman's negotiation of love and war, intimacy and loss, migration and home in a way that speaks beyond individual but to a collective experience.


About the author

Iman Humaydan is a Lebanese novelist, creative writing teacher, editor, and freelance journalist. Her first novel Baa Mithl Beit Mithl Beirut (B is for Beirut) received wide international acclaim and was translated into English, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Armenian, Polish, and Georgian. She is also the author of Wild Mulberries , Other Lives, and The Weight of Paradise, all published in English by Interlink. She is also the editor of the collection of short stories Beirut Noir

Many of her short stories appeared in the cultural pages of Lebanese and Arabic newspapers and magazines such as Mulhak An NaharAs SafirAl Hasna’a, and Sayidati. Humaydan studied anthropology at the American University of Beirut. She wrote Neither Here Nor There: Narratives of the Families of the Disappeared in Lebanon and conducted and published studies on environmental and development issues of post-war Lebanon. 

She is the president the Lebanese chapter of PEN, and splits her time between Beirut and Paris.


“A rewarding and cohesive fictionalized meditation on the nature of place, emigration, and memory.” — World Literature Today

“A very compelling novel, a subtle but powerful protest against war and sectarianism.” — The Jordan Times

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