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القوقعة: يوميات متلصص

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  9,871 ratings  ·  1,857 reviews
رواية تسرد يوميات شاب ألقي القبض عليه لدى وصوله الى مطار بلده عائدا اليه من فرنسا وأمضى اثنتي عشرة سنة في السجن دون ان يعرف التهمة الموجهة اليه.. انه الظلم والفساد والقساوة التي لا تقرها شريعة... واساليب التعذيب التي لم نقرأ لها مثيلا من قبل.
Paperback, 1st Edition, 383 pages
Published 2008 by دار الآداب
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Dilan
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Must be translated to English.....
There were moments I had been crying while I was reading this book...
And so I think that everyone must read this novel to know what SYRIANS have been suffering and the reasons why they are standing out against this miscreant regime.....

Betrayal, disloyality, pain, sufferance, oppression......Endless torment..

No matter how you try to waste the destination of our revolution , we will be carrying our quenchless flame ....

The flame of FREEDOM and HONOR ....
Anand Gopal
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrifying and heartbreaking (and, apparently, realistic) portrayal of life inside Assad's prisons. The protagonist is a Syrian christian from a communist family who gets sent to the infamous regime prison in palmyra for more than a decade, suffers unimaginable abuse, and somehow survives. It is based on the author's own experiences. If you want to understand the true nature of the Assad regime you should read this book.
Muhammed Farrag
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pure pain
Corey
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
A book that is at one and the same time incredibly important and completely unreadable. I made it about halfway through before giving up. It's a Syrian prison memoir, but there's no plot, and very little reflection--just page after page of description of what hell on Earth is truly like. If you can make it through this, you're a better person than I.
Mazin Safar
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Superb book with humanistic insights that are so unusual. Very tough to handle however with the degree of brutality and injustice that humans can dare to commit.
Cornelia Baciu
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a cruel depiction of what a Syrian prison and prisoner feels like. So human and equally dissapointment of humanity. A glimpse into the unseen side of a regime who rules by fear. A brilliant depiction of those who support such a regime.
Noha
Despite the fact that the book is so depressing (for all the injustice mentioned in the book), it takes the reader deeply in the world of the book. It touches your heart.

The prisoners were unbelievably idealistic to me (compared to the characters in Sharaf by the author Sonalla Ibrahim). They were very righteous, logical, and selfless; characteristics that would disappear in such an ordeal. For the prison keepers, I still don't get how they turn into such sadistic creatures! The author did expla
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Mohammed
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe what i have just read...
I can't believe that i finished it...
This book will keep it's touch on my heart for ever...
I wish i was able to find an english copy for my close person because i wanted to share it with her...
Joud Maher
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I would read it again and again!
Belal
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Once you finish this book, you will look around, the world will be the same, but you will never look at it like you ever did before"
AloÕoa'a
May 23, 2012 is currently reading it
oooooh my go$ makes me break into tearzz... bRoke me Shoke me ... and still.. actually i'm dreamin abt the most brutal and merciless actions done by thozz jerks... i'm so srry for him and i'm in ..
Nour
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
cried like a baby :'(
Yaman
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Writing this review in English as I hope that sharing it might make you want to pick up the translated version – audiences in the non-Arab World are unfamiliar with the dense issue that is being discussed here. I’d say not even most Arabs are aware of its extent.

It has been a very long while since I found a book compelling enough for me to read it in one sitting. "The Shell: Memoirs of a Hidden Observer" is... unbelievable, to say the least. It’s definitely one of the most, if not the most, pow
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Peter King
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book doesn't read like a normal novel - more like an autobiography. It's the story of a Syrian who finds himself imprisoned by the Assad regime for being Muslim Brotherhood, although he's actually a Christian and the Syrian authorities neither know nor care why he's in prison.
Frankly, it's a tough read. I thought reading about Treblinka was tough. This was on a par. It's awful. It's basically a story of mental survival. Living, crammed closely with people who mistrust, despise and hate you
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Moez Lamti
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Notwithstanding the terror of real events which the story is a pale representation of, this book is quite weak. And except for some occasional lyrical escapades here and there, the best being centred around the symbolism of the titular shell itself, everything else is a lifeless description of the mundane life of a Christian captive in Syrian prisons sometime in the early eighties. There is bitter irony and a lot of insignificance in the situation, but the writer lacked the skill to turn it into ...more
Devin Demirlika
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I personally thought that The Shell was a very interesting memoir that gives readers a perspective into Syrian prisons. Mustafa Khalifa leaves Paris to return to his home country of Syria. However, he is not greeted with open arms as he is immediately detained and imprisoned. This is due to the fact that someone in Paris wrote a letter to the current regime stating that Mustafa said something against them. He is transferred from prison to prison as he is tortured by guards to reveal what group h ...more
Anas Khatter
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book I consider it a changer of my life, it talks about a man who was detained the moment he went back to his Homeland without a reason. I've read it at early 2011 when the Syrian revolution started and I didn't believe it. Yet, after I met with too many people who really suffered inside regime dungeons I discovered that ,despite all the horrible stories that no brain can imagine, this book talks only about the surface of what's really going on and still going on until this moment.

Note: eve
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Matthew
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was convinced this book wasn't on Goodreads because of the variation in the author's name. (If you search Mustafa Khalifa, which is how it's spelled on the American edition, you're directed only to the book's Italian translation.)

Anyway, knowing very little about Syria, I hadn't realized that the horrific events in this book actually happened to the author, and also hadn't realized that the book's setting (1972-1985) wasn't the present. It's a gripping but plainly told story of a man's twelve-
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Edward Etzkorn
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
This book probes depths of the suffering one person can impose on another, and the strength of will required to survive it. The protagonist is a Syrian political prisoner arrested in error and the tortures to which he is subjected over the next 13 years. Written in the first-person, it makes the events feel more alive and more personal. Although it is said to be a novel, the descriptions, both of external events as well as internal psychological suffering, feel too real to be fictional.
Piyush Sharma
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reality
Story tells about an innocent prisoner and his days in prison. Such a horrible, painful novel that you will feel blessed for having a good life. Book allows you to think more and more and to understand the cruelty and injustice by one man to other.
Tarek Cattan
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the best account of Syrian imprisonment and torture that I've ever read. Incredibly tragic but also incredibly interesting. Definitely worth reading for anybody interested in the Syrian Civil War.
Reem
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a bit late on writing a review for this book, but it's due to the sheer fact that I had no idea what to say or where to begin. This book swallowed me up, heart and soul and it is one of my favorite books that I have read in 2017. Trying to find the right words to describe my feelings for it was like trying trying to describe what dark energy really means. It was tough, kinda confusing and mentally exhausting. BUT, I figured I'd give it my best and try to encourage everyone and anyone to rea ...more
Suzan Asahi
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that made you void... you want to feel but you can't, you want to cry but you can't... you want to stop reading but you can't... this book might kill everything inside, void your existence then bring you back to life...
Lawen
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is like a small window that allows you to look at the darkest side of the world.
Abood Aljwabreh
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice ❤
Lana Muwakket
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not as I expected , too much unneeded drama and details , but at the same time it shows some hidden truth maybe none of us ever knew anything about it
Hagar Mohammed
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A big shock to my emotions. One of those novels that can sink you into depression. It provokes my feelings of pain and disgust.
Abood
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good
Archangel
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Abandoned
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مصطفى خليفة كاتب سوري ، درس الإخراج والفن في فرنسا، ليس لديه أية توجهات سياسية وتوجهاته كانت فنية بحتة، أمضى ثلاث عشرة سنة في السجن بتهمة الانتماء لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين التي واجهت النظام في ثمانينيات القرن الماضي، وهو صاحب رواية القوقعة.
تم اعتقاله في مطار دمشق في الثمانينات لدى عودته من باريس، حيث كان عازماً وشاحذاً همته على المشاركة في بناء وطنه والعيش في كنفه، إلا أن يد الأجهزة الأمنية طالته ب
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“إن الإنسان لا يموت دفعةً واحدة، كلما مات له قريب أو صديق أو أحد من معارفه فإن الجزء الذي يحتله هذا الصديق أو القريب يموت في نفس هذا الإنسان، و مع الأيام و تتابع سلسلة الموت تكثر الأجزاء التي تموت داخلنا ... تكبر المساحة التي يحتلها الموت ...” 402 likes
“أنا أؤمن بقول يقول إن الإنسان لا يموت دفعة واحدة ،
كلما مات له قريب أو صديق أو واحد من معارفه
فإن الجزء الذي كان يحتله هذا الصديق أو القريب ...
يموت في نفس هذا الإنسان !..
ومع الأيام وتتابع سلسلة الموت ...
تكثر الأجزاء التي تموت داخلنا ...
تكبر المساحة التي يحتلها الموت ...
و أنا يا لينا ... أحمل مقبرة كبيرة داخلي ، تفتح هذه القبور أبوابها ليلاً ...
ينظر إليّ نزلاؤها .. يحادثونني ويعاتبونني .”
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