A humorous look at a dysfunctional Arab society through a series of unrelated Facebook notes written over a period of almost one year. Themes range from religiosity, women's status, gender roles, displacement, marriage, loss, shisha cafes, kitchen sink grinders, missing-cat neighborhood notes, school angst, social stereotypes, to men's beards and open letters.
From the Foreword
"I've rarely been so moved by a voice as much as I was when I first discovered Rewa's writings. She reminded me of the reason why I started writing in the first place: to try and give others that thrill, those shivers that I got from reading her. She has the gift of saying exactly what is on your mind but couldn't put into words. She has the gift of defying language and taming it until it becomes a docile lion lying at her feet. She has the gift of talent. Of truth. Of humanity. Of humor. Of pain. But most of all, she has the gift of fire, that tremendous fire that burns in each and every one of her words"- writes poet, translator, journalist and women's rights activist Joumana Haddad in her Foreword to Nietzsche's Camel Must Die.
"I write about what I notice, experience, read, or remember, in turn, inviting you to ponder my modest observations too" - writes Rewa Zeinati in the Epilogue - "perhaps this is my attempt at slowing life down for a few minutes, considering the super bionic pace at which we've been pushed, with or without our consent."
Dubai-based, Lebanese-American poet and writer, Rewa Zeinati, is the founding editor of Sukoon Magazine, an Arab-themed, English language, online literary journal.
Her poetry chapbook, Bullets & Orchids was published by Corrupt Press (2013). Several of her poems, essays, interviews and translations (from the Arabic into English) have been published in literary journals and anthologies in the USA, UK and Levant region, including, Natural Bridge Journal; Quiddity; Mizna; Al Jadid; The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices; The Santa Clara Review; Blood Lotus Journal; Cactus Heart Press; The Bicycle Review; Sampsonia Way Magazine; the anthology, Common Boundary: Stories of Immigration (Editions Bibiotekos, 2010); the anthology, Nowhere Near a Damn Rainbow: Unsanctioned Writing from the Middle East (xanadu*, 2012); the collection UNCOMMON: DUBAI (UK, 2014), the anthology, The UK Poetry Library's Poets of 2012 (UK Poetry Library, 2012); as well as The English PEN Online World Atlas.
She lives in Dubai with her husband, and constantly worries over the frail health of her growing garden herb, Basil.
ARAB WOMAN MAG - I wake up to the shocking news...
November 18, 2015
From her non-fiction book Nietzsche's Camel Must Die, An Invitation to Say ‘No'
Note # 21
Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.
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BLOGSPOT - smellslikestrawberries
October 01, 2014
"I often found myself wondering, as I was reading Rewa's essays: How much does a heart weigh? I mean an "empty" heart, without the extra load of love, pain, sorrow, passion, joy, disappointments, hope, affection, affection, ache, excitement, desire, grief, regret, frustration, trust, doubt...
THE DAILY STAR - Writing against the machine
November 01, 2013
BEIRUT: In "Thus Spake Zarathustra," German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously declared, "God is dead." This realization, he posited, is a necessary step on the path of spiritual evolution from camel to lion to child, archetypes emblematic of different mind-sets.The camel accepts life's...
THE NATIONAL - New writer Rewa Zeinati: 'I decided to stop being the camel'
July 16, 2013
On some days Rewa Zeinati assumes the role of a camel, as described by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Camels, he says, symbolise people burdened by rigid beliefs of a structured society.
But most of the time the Lebanese-born...
BLOGSPOT: sohanalysis - Poeticians' launch of Nietzsche's Camel Must Die
July 06, 2013
After a few months away, The Poeticians returned to new old haunt Sublime last Sunday to launch Dubai-based Poetician Rewa Zeinati's book Nietzsche's Camel Must Die.
It is absolutely amazing and is now one of my favorite books.
I picked it by mistake at the store and browsed through it and immediately fell in love with it. I do think though that this book isn't for everyone, but for me personally it was very relatable. Since I'm an Arab that lived in both Dubai and Lebanon. I love her sarcasm and style of writing and since I hate going on Facebook, this book was a life saver. People who read this should keep In mind that it's a compilation of Facebook notes and should expect the same style you normally get in an ordinary book. Lastly, love the art work on the cover and the physical book structure; so easy to handle.!