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  • Author:
    Translated by Rika Lesser,Rafik Schami
  • ISBN:
    1566568404
  • ISBN13:
    978-1566568401
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  • Publisher:
    Interlink Pub Group (May 22, 2012)
  • Pages:
    208 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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Although this book was written in 1987, it seems no less relevant to today's Syria. The regime allows no alternative opinions and clamps down hard on dissenters,whether real or imagined

Although this book was written in 1987, it seems no less relevant to today's Syria. The regime allows no alternative opinions and clamps down hard on dissenters,whether real or imagined. A stay in prison is a nightmare for anyone unfortunate enough to rouse suspicion.

Most of his books are collections of stories, while the novels abound in echoes of the Arabian Nights, even in the titles of Erzähler der Nacht (1989; Damascus Nights) or Der ehrliche Lügner (1992; The Honest Liar), is subtitled: Roman von tausendundeiner Lüge (Novel of 1001 Lies). Both are structured as a series of inserted stories presented orally by protagonists within a narrative framework.

I went on reading, and then I saw the little article about journal writing. In this way, we were all educated as little spies. Whoever was last to possess the wooden disk had to eat his supper kneeling

to Marie and Therese, my sisters. I went on reading, and then I saw the little article about journal writing. A journal is a rearview mirror. I thought about this for quite a while. Whoever was last to possess the wooden disk had to eat his supper kneeling. Having the signal was an odd feeling I will never forget.

Oggi ci tuffiamo in Siria, più precisamente a Damasco. Dentro, c’è il nostro protagonista, il nostro narratore. Sta per prelevare un carico di pane che andrà poi a distribuire a tutti i clienti del padre, Poverty smothers our dreams even before we have finished dreaming them. Oggi ci tuffiamo in Siria, più precisamente a Damasco.

Rafik Schami, Rika Lesser (Translation). Poverty smothers our dreams even before we have finished dreaming them.

translated from the German by Rika Lesser. Printed and bound in the United States of America.

by Rafik Schami ; translated by Rika Lesser

by Rafik Schami ; translated by Rika Lesser. A land of permanent goodbyes.

Rafik Schami was born in Damascus in 1946, came to Germany in 1971 and studied chemistry in Heidelberg. Today he is the most successful German-speaking Arabic writer

Rafik Schami was born in Damascus in 1946, came to Germany in 1971 and studied chemistry in Heidelberg. Today he is the most successful German-speaking Arabic writer. His numerous works in German include novels, plays, stories, essays and children’s books.

Pictor's Metamorphoses and Other Fantasies. by Rafik Schami · Rika Lesser · رفيق شامي. by Hermann Hesse · Rika Lesser · Theodore Ziolkowski. A teenager who wants to be a journalist in a suppressed society describes to his diary his daily life in his hometown of Damascus, Syria. Jersild · Rika Lesser.

She translated the three Italian words and read everything that had been translated up to that point. My father wanted to know whether I’d made anything out of the text yet (funny that this interests him, too). He looked at the page and said the script second from the last could only be Assyrian.

Amid the turmoil of modern Damascus, one teenage boy finds his political voice in a message of rebellion that echoes throughout Syria and as far away as Western Europe. Inspired by his dearest friend, old Uncle Salim, he begins a journal to record his thoughts and impressions of family, friends, life at school, and his growing feelings for his girlfriend, Nadia. Soon the hidden diary becomes more than just a way to remember his daily adventures; on its pages he explores his frustration with the government injustices he witnesses. His courage and ingenuity finally find an outlet when he and his friends begin a subversive underground newspaper. Warmed by a fine sense of humor, this novel is at once a moving love story and a passionate testimony to the difficult and committed actions being taken by young people around the world.

The Rollers of Vildar
This is a coming-of-age tale woven of many stories: the recent history of Syria, the undercurrent of storytelling that infuses Syrian culture, and the search for freedom and self-expression that cannot be contained by a society accustomed to corrupt and self-seeking governments.
Broadraven
The book has wonderful insights into a Syria that existed before the current crisis and reminds us that this civil war has been a long time in the making. Interesting characters and the knowledge that this is semi-autobiographical make for a terrific read. I wanted the story to continue beyond the ending.
Rigiot
Through this book you get a wonderful insight into a live of an intellectual in Damascus. It is written so lively and from the heart. It also shows the difficult and brave live of people who are against the government and are fighting creatively against it through writing.
Yramede
This book was for a student's reading project, it was not carried in school or local library so I had to order it. Student loved book, excellent read.
Dishadel
A great introduction to a foreign culture (and I don't mean the tourist sites), I enjoyed this "journal" as it slowly and surely revealed its "author" as a growing teenager who, no doubt, will become a journalist/writer as he gets older.

Full of wisdom, humor and realism, I recommend this book for high school students; I believe that many middle school students will feel that in the first half of the book "nothing happens" and the references to a romantic relationship may make some parents nervous.

Nevertheless, to see a writer grow subtly over time is a pleasure. A HAND FULL OF STARS is relevant to students of literature in any country.
Hugighma
This is extremely well-written, and does not seem to suffer for being a translated work. The characters are fully-formed, interesting people, and the story is very compelling. I also enjoyed the journal format, as it keeps the story moving well. This book paints a very vivid picture of life in modern-day Damascus.
Cointrius
Written in the form of a boy's diary, this book lets you live with it's characters for a while. It describes life in the ancient Arab city of Damascus in a very beautiful and emotional way. The main message of this book is a call for Freedom of Speech, but it is not political. I read the book for the first time in German in the late 1980's and now during the war on Iraq (2003) I came back to it and it helped me a lot to make up my own mind about the conflict. This book is not only suited for teenagers, it is also quite exciting to read for adults!
Although this book was written in 1987, it seems no less relevant to today's Syria. The regime allows no alternative opinions and clamps down hard on dissenters,whether real or imagined. A stay in prison is a nightmare for anyone unfortunate enough to rouse suspicion.

The fourteen-year-old narrator decides to begin recording his day-to-day life in a journal, encouraged by his close friend, Uncle Salim. If you want to be a journalist, advises Salim, then you need to develop the habit of being observant and recording your observations.
The book is written as the journal of our (unnamed) protagonist and clearly shows his developing maturity over the period of four years; his feelings for Nadia, the girl who lives down the street, and a growing awareness of the injustices taking place around him.

He starts by writing about his own life as the reluctant son of a baker. He is desperate to remain in school, where he is doing well, but eventually his father demands that he leaves to work full time in the bakery. Rather than sweat and toil in the manufacture of bread, our diarist suggests that he go around town delivering the loaves. This results in many more customers and allows him to meet new people and observe what is going on around him. One of these new customers is Habib, a retired journalist. Although he is disillusioned with journalism in such a restrictive regime, Habib is eventually persuaded to help the young lad achieve his dream.

Some parts of this book have really stuck with me. The idea of the sock newspaper - snippets of news disseminated through the sale of very cheap socks, was excellent. I also enjoyed the homeless vagrant who provided a riddle in many languages for the narrator to solve - a great lesson in people not being all they appear.
Well worth the read.