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Blog – freedom and bondage

A few friends urged me to me keep this on-line journal; others tried to dissuade me from it. Some explained that nowadays, one needs a space where one can express oneself in complete freedom and with complete peace of mind; a space where one can sometimes think aloud; a way to recommend a book or article to one’s readers.
Others warned me that I was opening a Pandora’s box, one that I would never again be able to close; that far from granting myself a freedom, I was putting myself in bondage. They told me that henceforth, I would spend hours every day chained to this blog.
I take the plunge now without knowing which of my friends I will prove right and which I will prove wrong. This tool appeals to me and frightens me all at once, and I continue to harbour the illusion of being able to use it without becoming enslaved to it.

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  1. #1 by The Blog Administrator on June 10th, 2009

    This is the first post on this blog. Your comments are welcome.

  2. #2 by ziz on August 26th, 2009

    this is the second ;-)

  3. #3 by Semaane Djellal Eddine on August 30th, 2009

    Semaane Djellal Eddine :
    Peace be upon you!
    Amin Maalouf in English, that’s a relief! I was waiting for this..
    Congratulations everybody. Thank you Amin Maalouf.
    Peace, diversity, tolerance and love!
    Peace be upon you!

  4. #4 by Michèle de Gastyne on October 27th, 2009

    Dear Mr Maalouf, I am profoundly grateful you made the difficult decision to create your blog! This has made it easier for me to introduce you to many people already. – It would be impossible to tell you HOW MUCH I appreciate your book “Les Identités Meurtriers”, which I have now read in both French and English. I would love to correspond about it, in fact… In the meantime, THANK YOU for everything you are, you say and you write. respectfully yours, MdeG

  5. #5 by Janet Robson on September 11th, 2011

    Dear Mr. Maalouf,
    I have read your book, ‘The Crusades Through Arab Eyes’,and enjoyed it very much. It was a good lesson for me and opened my eyes too!
    I would very much like to get a hard-back copy but on the websites I have searched only paper-backs are available.
    Could you most kindly let me know if I can obtain a hard-back copy anywhere?
    Yours with kind regards,
    Mrs. Janet Robson

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