The Blue Mountain: A story of war and immigration

The Blue Mountain: A story of war and immigration

by Mireille Raffoul Sleiman


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Lebanon, 1975. Civil war breaks out. A little girl and her parents flee the perilous city and take refuge at her grandmother's home in the mountains.
For the little girl, the mountain turns out to be a fairy tale, where family secrets are revealed gradually. Each day, the little girl discovers a story: The blue eyes of Maria, her maternal grandmother, whose passionate love was struck down by the fury of fate... The shutters painted blue to ward off the evil eye... The bruised soul of her paternal grandfather who at the ripe age of 49 married the beautiful Salma who was only 14... The blue of the Mediterranean that helplessly watched its children sail away... The blues of mornings in exile and merciless wars... But also the blue of hope, the blue of the mantle of Mary whom Eastern Christians chose for centuries as protector of their mountains.
Through this family saga full of subtle anecdotes, the reader experiences more than a century of the history of the Lebanese mountains--a story of dispersion and reunion, agony and happiness, exile and attachment to the ancestral land. And always in the background is Love--capable of moving mountains. In the story of this one family, all immigrants will inevitably find parts of themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499644845
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2014
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Mireille Raffoul Sleiman was born in Lebanon in 1968. She earned a Master of Arts in French Literature at Saint Joseph University in Beirut and a DES (Diploma of Specialized Studies) in Development at the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL) in Belgium. During her travels, she worked as a journalist, translator, and language teacher in Belgium, England, the United States, and China.

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