Description - Damascus by Rafik Schami
Seeing, feeling, tasting, smelling and hearing - if you join Rafiq Shami and his sister Marie Fadel on a stroll through their native Damascus, you will discover this Queen of the Orient with all your senses. Rafiq Shami, award-winning writer and master storyteller, describes the colourful scenes of the old town and relays the stories of its inhabitants overheard in the coffee houses. Reading his prose one seems to be able to smell the cardamom and the coriander sold in the spice market and hear the cries of street traders. Inspired by his stories, one can follow his sister Marie Fadel's recipes and recreate the tastes of the Orient.
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(168mm x 125mm x 36mm)
Publisher: The Armchair Traveller at the Bookhaus
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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.