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2020- 2021 challenge > 5. Nominations for books from Al Sham

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message 1: by Niledaughter (new)

Niledaughter | 2758 comments Mod
Please share your recommendations in here .


message 2: by Niledaughter (last edited Jan 14, 2020 01:30AM) (new)

Niledaughter | 2758 comments Mod
The Penguin's Song - Lebanon
Printed in Beirut- Lebanon
The Frightened Ones- Syria
A Sky So Close- Syria

A book recommended by Kenza ,message 20
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 3: by Majdouline (new)

Majdouline | 31 comments Good morning @niledaughter :)

I would like to suggest a book from a Syrian author: My country Kassem Eid.
Have not read it yet but read great review about it.


message 4: by Niledaughter (new)

Niledaughter | 2758 comments Mod
Majdouline wrote: "Good morning @niledaughter :)

I would like to suggest a book from a Syrian author: My country Kassem Eid.
Have not read it yet but read great review about it."


Thanks for recommending My Country: A Syrian Memoir :)


message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard | 15 comments My choice was Flight Against Time by Emily Nasrallah and it was wonderful. It focussed on the topic of exile and migration at the time of the Lebanese Civil War.
The way Nasrallah painted her protagonist was very skilful, flowing backwards and forwards in time between Radwan's life in Lebanon and his experiences in Canada and New York. In what is a very short book, Nasrallah creates a very compassionate view of a man struggling with his situation.
It is particularly interesting to read this knowing that Nasrallah remained in Lebanon throughout the war. The final dilemma and conclusion had me gripped and then thinking over what happened until now. I would also praise the fluidity and ease of the translation. A great read.


message 6: by Melanie, Marhaba Language Expertise (new)

Melanie (magidow) | 607 comments Mod
Thank you, Richard. That book is on my to-read list!


message 7: by Jalilah (new)

Jalilah | 757 comments I am looking for a novel from an author from Al Sham that is more recent and covers current events. I often prefer female authors but not always.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!


message 8: by Niledaughter (new)

Niledaughter | 2758 comments Mod
Jalilah wrote: "I am looking for a novel from an author from Al Sham that is more recent and covers current events. I often prefer female authors but not always.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!"


Nothing comes to my mind new, I was thinking of reading The Night Counter, I see you already read it.


message 9: by Niledaughter (new)

Niledaughter | 2758 comments Mod
Considering the chaos in Lebanon, I guess Confessions could be mentioned, but I have not read it myself.


message 10: by Jalilah (new)

Jalilah | 757 comments I read The Arsonists' City for this category
Here is my review https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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