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My Grandfather's Tale

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In Damascus, an old woman tells her grandchildren tales of her own grandfather who had come from Daghestan in the Caucasus many years before.My Grandfather's Tale explores the close links between the Muslim Caucasus and the Arab world against a backdrop of conflict with the Russian empire. It is a story of yearning and return, rooted in the rituals of the Muslim faith and ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Quartet Books (UK) (first published 1999)
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Mahoshy Carter
جاءت القصة بلغة سهلة وبسيطة،
شيءٌ ما فيها شدني كثيرا ..
الكاتبة ألفة كتبت الرواية بعد أن قرأت كتاب رسول حمزاتوف "بلدي" وقررت أن تكتب قصة عائلتها المنفية من داغستان إلى دمشق ..
قصة جميلة ..
أتطلع إلى قراءة عمل آخر لها يحمل اسم"دمشق يابسمة الحزن"
Bill DeGenaro
Idilbi's novel uses a story-within-a-story structure in which a woman in Syria tells her children stories about her grandfather who came to Damascus from the Caucasus to escape the Russian empire with his father. The novel tells the grandfather's life story, from his years longing as a boy to one day be reunited with his mom through his years as a successful and holy businessperson organizing pilgrimage caravans to Mecca in the middle nineteenth century. Will he ever reunite with his beloved mot ...more
ساذج وكله خير وتملؤه السعاده والنهاية المفرحه
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My copy of the book has the title Grandfather's tale.

I've read it before and I enjoyed it again in the past few days - the slow pace of the storyteller, every story containing more stories inside it, and the abrupt ending, that surprises the reader because it's so sudden; but it brings you to a point of reflection, where the entire story is laid in front of you in its full richness.
Dimah Kabbani
قرأت هذا الكتاب منذ مدة طويلة ، لكنه ترك أثراً عميقاً في نفسي .. أذكر أني بكيت مراراً خلال قراءتي له .. أودّ حقّاً قراءته مجدداً و أود قراءة المزيد من أعمال الكاتبة ألفة الإدلبي ..
Dana Al Senan
One of the best arabic books I read so far. Cried at many places, and laughed at many others. Well written, I enjoyed reading it a lot!
Rona Al
A very nice book , I was and still affected by it .. and so will the next reader :)
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ولدت الاديبة السيدة الفت عمر باشا الادلبي في دمشق عام 1912، وتلقت علومها في مدرسة تجهيز البنات، وتزوجت عام 1929 من الدكتور حمدي الادلبي وهي في السابعة عشرة قبل أن تتم دراستها. ظهر ميلها إلى الادب وهي صغيرة، وكانت هوايتها المفضلة القراءة الدائبة المستمرة، لا تصرفها عنها مشاغل الحياة الكثيرة.. مرضت عام 1932 وظلت طريحة الفراش سنة كاملة، فانتهزت فرصة المرض لتقرأ وتشبع هوايتها وتعب من ينابيع الادب الع ...more
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دمشق يا بسمة الحزن وداعاً يا دمشق ويضحك الشيطان عصيّ الدمع قصص شاميّة

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