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What Makes a Man?
Sex Talk in Beirut and Berlin
Rashid al-Daif and Joachim Helfer. Translated by Ken Seigneurie and Gary Schmidt
This “novelized biography” by Lebanese novelist Rashid al-Daif and pointed riposte by German novelist Joachim Helfer demonstrate how attitudes toward sex and masculinity across cultural contexts are intertwined with the work of fiction, thereby highlighting the importance of fantasy in understanding the Other.