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The Algerian and the Moroccan

This is my private diary from the year 2002. A large notebook of ninety-six pages with a deep-blue cover. I had lost it. I found it yesterday while cleaning, forgotten, abandoned for I don’t know how long behind my dresser. In the middle of this notebook there was, there is, an envelope on the back of which is written this title: “The Algerian and the Moroccan.” I knew what it contained. Words, words written as a couple, the Algerian and me. The tale of our...

Brazilian Arabesques

At the very beginning of the twentieth century, at the height of the rubber boom, my paternal grandfather left Beirut for the Bolivian territory of Acre, where he worked as a peddler on the rivers from Rio Branco to Xapuri. He was one of the first Lebanese immigrants in my family. Eight years later, he returned to Beirut with pictures and stories about the Amazon region, which he passed along to his children and relatives. It's said that he told fantastic stories of shipwrecks, duels,...

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