Thus begins the online diary of Mazen Kerbaj, a Lebanese painter, jazz musician, and cartoonist, as bombs rained down on his hometown of Beirut.
Throughout the summer of 2006, during the Israeli aerial bombardment of Lebanon, Kerbaj published drawings, comics, and writing, a creative chronicle during a time of intense and unspeakable brutality. Drawn and written in English, French, and Arabic, Beirut Won’t Cry shows us how an artist views the world and everything in it — his relationships, his family, and his creative pursuits — as it crumbles violently around him. Historically vital and occasionally hilarious, Beirut is Mazen Kerbaj’s first graphic novel translated into English, introducing to many American readers his unique voice and urgent pen, showing them how to carry on and resist in times of war and oppression.
"A seminal visual diary of the summer 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon." —The Sounder
"Kerbaj’s drawings evoke the soundscape of a Beirut under siege. The emotional, sometimes satirical drawings take the author’s anxieties, hopes, drunkenness, anger, playfulness, exhaustion, and hyper-caffeination and transmute them into human and humanesque figures." —Bookwitty
"Kerbaj’s cartoons convey the complex mixture of emotions he experienced during the war. In stark black-and-white drawings, he carries his audience on his journey from despair to anger to apathy and back again—along with brief but happy respites to visit his son and ex-wife in the mountains beyond Beirut." — World Literature Today
"Throughout the book, each of Kerbaj's single-panel drawings bristles with angry, anxious, and loud creativity." — Qantara.de