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Damascus, Syria

Damascus, Syria

« Although Arab culture in some ways, is in its worst conditions at this time, simultaneously, it is in its most powerful conditions...I believe that the coming years will witness the rise of the Arab novel throughout the world. »  —Khaled Khalifa, What Does the Arab World Read?

 

(a novel in progress)

Fifty
Light floods me

Zero
I drown in darkness

Fifty… Zero… Fifty…

Sixty fifties and zeroes a second playing with her eyes, and in the end she sees only...

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Today I will talk only about the novel and cut out any discussion of other forms, which I have trouble summarizing. I will put to you a question I frequently ask myself about fiction: What can the defenseless art do...

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[Excerpt]

Radwan recalled the child he had been sixty years ago, when at the age of five he learned that he was blind...

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Hypogeum of Yarhai, Damascus National Museum
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Umayyad Mosque
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[Translated from Arabic into French by Rania Samara]

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This question would be better asked in Cairo, Baghdad, Beirut or Damascus or in any of the traditional capitols of Arab culture.. Or in Dubai, the new capitol of Arab culture.. the capital that initiated an...

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She was a white round girl considered an outcast in her traditional Damascene environment, and I was a country girl raised in the big city, where neither Damascenes nor my original townsmen considered me one of their...

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