By Edward Nawotka
The question implicit in Yasmina Jraissati’s lead article today is whether or not it would be better for Lebanon’s two book fairs—one catering to French readers, one to Arabic readers—to merge. Jraissati argues that keeping the fairs separate only serves to exacerbate deep suspicions between the two cultures.
It seems to me that a book fair is just about the most neutral ground one can think of for enabling a cultural exchange. Is it naïve to think so? Or would the potential benefit outweigh any risk?
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