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Mister N

Mister N

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Modern-day Beirut is seen through the eyes of
a failed writer, the eponymous Mister N. He has left his comfortable apartment
and checked himself into a hotel – he thinks. Certainly, they take good care of
him there. Meanwhile, on the streets below, a grim pageant: poverty, violence
and fear.

How is anyone supposed to write
deathless prose in such circumstances? Let alone an old man like Mister N.,
whose life and memories have become scattered, whose family regards him as an
embarrassment, and whose next-door neighbours torment him with their noise,
dinner invitations, and inconvenient suicides. Comical and tragic by turns, his
misadventures climax in the arrival in what Mister N. had supposed to be his
“real life” of a character from one of his early novels – a vicious militiaman.
Now, does the old writer need to arm himself . . . or just seek psychiatric
help?