Synopses & Reviews
It is said that when a man has lived seven years in Damascus, Damascus lives in him. Damascus was Rafik Schami's home for 25 years before he went into exile, and he never forgot it. This 'Pearl of the Orient' is still the city he loves more than any other. Thirty years later, and now a prize-winning novelist, Schami leapt at the chance to write about his former home town. There were, however, two seemingly insurmountable barriers - time and geography. So Schami's sister Marie wandered through Damascus for a year on his behalf, relaying curiosities, sounds, personalities, tastes and the smells of the Old City, while Schami wrote them down, relishing the diverse mark left on Damascene cuisine by its multifarious history.
Rafik Schami lived in Damascus for twenty-five years before going into exile and becoming a prize-winning novelist. But he never forgot Damascus, the Pearl of the Orient, the city he loves most in the world. This beautifully written journey around the city is alive with its colors and smells and tells of the yearning of exile.
Seeing, feeling, tasting, smelling and hearing - if you join Rafiq Shami andhis sister Marie Fadel on a stroll through their native Damascus, you will discoverthis Queen of the Orient with all your senses.
A culinary guide to the old city of Damascus with many recipes
About the Author
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 and then in 1980 founded the literary group 'Südwind' (South wind) and a multi-cultural organisation called 'PoLiKunst-Verein'. He received several literary prizes including the Hermann- Marie Fadel is the sister of Rafik Schami and lives in Damascus.