In all its beauty and ugliness and complexity, Beirut is a city that inspires. From visual artists like Etel Adnan and Zena El Khalil, to writers who have lived overseas for decades but still write about Beirut like Rawi Hage and Hoda Barakat, to Francophone authors whose work has been translated into multiple languages like Charif Majdalani and Amin Maalouf, authors have found endless ways to pay tribute to a city that infuriates and fascinates in equal measure.