Category: ِAFAC Novel Writing Program
Joseph is a 19-year-old man who joins the Internal Security Forces apparatus. As soon as he finishes his training session, he is sent to a remote military camp near his village in North Lebanon. Two of his colleagues introduce him to pornography, which he begins to watch abundantly until he virtually meets Tara, an undistinguished pornography actress who says she lives in the French city of Montpellier, and likes chatting with her followers on her website. Joseph begins talking to Tara regularly and a virtual relationship blooms. Joseph convinces himself that she loves him, and decides to desert his fiancée, family and job to follow her.
Niyawah is a mythical village founded by early ancestors who had lost their innate sense of travel. They settled the land like everyone else and brought up three generations. The novel attempts to shed light on rural life in Lebanon, the hardships of survival, the attachment to land and to slogans of perseverance when, in reality, the inhabitants have lost their sense of belonging to a greater world and are unconsciously choosing isolation.