Between Beirut And The Moon is the exuberant and hilarious debut from the hugely talented young Lebanese author, Naji Bakhti. A young boy comes of age within the confines of post-civil-war Beirut, with conflict, and comedy lurking round every corner. Adam dreams of becoming an astronaut but who has ever heard of an Arab on the moon? He battles with his father, a book-hoarding journalist with a penchant for writing eulogies, his closest friend, Basil, a Druze who is said to worship goats and believe in reincarnation, and a host of other misfits and miscreants in a city attempting recover from years of political and military violence. Adam's youth oscillates from laugh out loud escapades, to near death encounters, as he struggles to understand the turbulent and elusive city he calls home.
Not just another coming-of-age novel, Naji Bakhti's debut is an ambitious and mischievous rewriting of the recent history of a whole region. Between Beirut and the Moon stays with the reader as lyrical, clear-sighted, very funny and endlessly endearing. Toby Litt, author of Patience
- Short-listed for Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2021