Blogs in September 2020

Boy, Everywhere 28th September 2020

This debut middle-grade novel chronicles the harrowing journey taken by Sami and his family from privilege to poverty, across countries and continents, from a comfortable life in Damascus, via a smuggler’s den in Turkey, to a prison in Manchester....

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Death Is Hard Work 24th April 2020

Abdel Latif, an old man, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. Before he dies, he tells his youngest son Bolbol that his final wish is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of...

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My House in Damascus 24th April 2020

How did Syria s revolution lose its way? Using her first-hand knowledge of the country s complex religious and ethnic communities, Diana Darke illuminates the darker recesses of Syria s history, politics, and society. A fluent Arabic speaker, she...

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The Home That Was Our Country 24th April 2020

At the Arab Spring’s hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother’s apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parent’s decision...

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Writing Love 24th April 2020

Then, she looked at me assiduously, “What is it that you do exactly?” I replied, savoring my last sip of coffee, with all the sass of a gypsy, “A novelist.” How to write a novel? Where to find inspiration?...

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