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Modern Languages and Literatures

Cynthia Hahn, professor of French, celebrates the publication of her fourth novel translation by Lebanese author Dr. Ezza Agha Malak

“The Man of All Silences” (originally, “L’Homme de tous les silences”) is a contemporary novel about intercultural relationships, and in particular, a French man and Lebanese woman, whose marital breakdown and failed communication is also symbolic of the socio-political conflicts witnessed in today’s Lebanon. The Syrian refugee crisis and fighting within Lebanon, contrasted with life in the port city of Marseille, France, serve as cultural backdrops to this engaging reflection about the importance of strong family ties and communication between couples for mutual understanding and reconciliation. The novel was published by University Press of the South, 2016. Contact Cynthia Hahn for more details.