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It is said that when a man has lived seven years in Damascus, Damascus lives in him. Damascus was Rafik Schami's home for 25 years before he went into exile, and he never forgot it. This 'Pearl of the Orient' is still the city he loves more than any other. Thirty years later, and now a prize-winning novelist, Schami leapt at the chance to write about his former home town. There were, however, two seemingly insurmountable barriers - time and geography. So Schami's sister Marie wandered through Damascus for a year on his behalf, relaying curiosities, sounds, personalities, tastes and the smells of the Old City, while Schami wrote them down, relishing the diverse mark left on Damascene cuisine by its multifarious history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781904950301
ISBN-10: 1904950302
Format: Hardback
(168mm x 125mm x 36mm)
Pages: 309
Imprint: Haus Publishing Limited
Publisher: The Armchair Traveller at the Bookhaus
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Rafik Schami

Rafik Schami was born in the Syrian capital Damascus in 1946, where he founded a newspaper Al-Muntalek displayed on the walls of the old city. In 1971 he emigrated to Germany, where he worked in factories and restaurants while studying chemistry and writing for newspapers and journals. Eight years later he graduated with a Ph.D. and then in 1980 founded the literary group 'Sudwind' (South wind) and a multi-cultural organisation called 'PoLiKunst-Verein'. He received several literary prizes including the Hermann-Hesse-Preis and the Prix de Lecture. His latest novel Die dunkle Seite der Liebe (The Dark Side of Love) was published by Hanser in 2004. Rafik Schami has written this book with the culinary help of his sister Marie Fadel.

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