Qadaya Qatilla (‘Killer Issues’), by Hazem Saghieh, Beirut: Dar Aljadeed: 2011. 285pp.
Prominent Lebanese writer, columnist and political analyst Hazem Saghieh’s new book, “Killer Issues,” has just been released by Beirut’s Dar Aljadeed publishing house. Consisting of five lengthy essays published previously in different periodicals, the book covers various events in the Middle East between 2005 and 2010.
Marked by Hazem’s trademark literary style, the essays treat issues ranging from Islamic fundamentalism and ousted Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein’s totalitarianism, to Dubai’s recently constructed Burj Khalifa. The five essays are entitled: “Iraqi Issues,” “Wealthy Islam and Poor Islam,” “God...and the Dubai Tower,” “Communism and Culture: A Bitter Divorce after an Intimate Marriage,” and “Issues of Romanticism.”
A well-known columnist for prominent Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat, Saghieh has written more than ten books on Middle East issues.