Yes, I was only officially born in Bint Jbeil. I was physically born in Beirut. All seven of my parents' children were born in Beirut, and all seven were registered as having been born in Bint Jbeil. I can only explain this phenomenon by assuming that my father, even though he had left the farming tradition of his family and the village behind, and went to the big city as a young man to get an education and become a school teacher, couldn't get himself to admit that his children were actually born outside the earthy bosom of the village. So be it. That was just the beginning of my life, a life wraught with puzzling tribulations relating to double identities.