In his Lebanese diary, German author Michael Kleeberg describes his impressions of the city of Tripoli. Read a preview excerpt from the book that will be published in early 2004.
Tripoli - We’re being given a guide; and once again, I judge by appearances and let my prejudices get the better of me. He’s a tubby little man of uncertain age, wearing a flat cap, a carefully trimmed grey-blond moustache, a no-coloured leather jacket and a pair of cords.
To sum up, he looks like a taxi driver from some German TV series of the Sixties (Wolfgang Gruner or Willi Reichert, perhaps); so I presume he’s here to protect us from pests, and that (in time-honoured colonial fashion) he’ll be paid no more than a few pennies for his troubles ...More