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The Boy From Aleppo Who Painted The War

The Boy From Aleppo Who Painted The War

Author(s): Sumia Sukkar

Location(s): Syria

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 2014

This is a powerful and deeply moving novel chronicling the Syrian War through the eyes of 14 year old Adam who has Asperger Syndrome. It has been adapted into a BBC Radio 4 play.

‘I have the urge to paint, and I can already see the painting in my head… horrible and beautiful all at the same time.’ A gifted artist, Adam expresses the intimate sufferings of his family as they struggle through the Syrian conflict by painting with whatever materials he can find. Having been dependent on his family all his life, he must now cope with separation and loss, including the fates of his devoted sister and brothers who are all caught up in the acceleration of events and forced to live out the consequences both of their own choices and those made for them.

The frightening and unpredictable changes, not only for Adam’s family, but also for a once beautiful city and a whole nation, are unfolded with compassion, wit and imaginative force through a spectrum of shifting colors, moods and atmospheres. The novel blends political events, emotional drive and Arabian tradition through a unique perspective, whilst reminding the reader that what human beings really need is dignity, security and love.

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