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Recommended books (10)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Syria. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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A Sky So Close to Us : A novel by Shahla Ujayli EN

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Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
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A multigenerational tale of love, loss, exile, and rebirth, shortlisted for the 2016 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. As children sleeping on the rooftop of their ancestral family home in Raqqa on warm summer nights, Joumane and her sisters imagine the sky is so close they can almost touch it. Years later, Joumane lives as an expatriate in Jordan, working for a humanitarian agency, while her sisters remain trapped in war-torn Syria. Living alone as she fights her own battle with cancer, she contemplates the closeness of the same sky, despite the sharply delineated borders that now separ... continue
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Recommended: 12 Sep 2023

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As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh EN

Rating: 4.5     4 Votes
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
An epic, emotional, breathtaking story of love and loss set amid the Syrian revolution. Burning with the fires of hope and possibility, AS LONG AS THE LEMON TREES GROW will sweep you up and never let you go. _______________ SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS DISCOVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 'This is an important book. Everyone should read it' - Elizabeth Laird, award-winning author of Welcome to Nowhere 'Wrenching and lyrical' - Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestselling author of Internment 'Hauntingly beautiful ... a must read' - Huda Fahmy, author of Huda F Are You _______________ Salama Kassab... continue
Tags: Set in SYRIA
Recommended: 04 Aug 2023

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De kaart van zout en sterren

De Kaart van Zout en Sterren by Zeyn Joukhadar NL

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
‘De kaart van zout en sterren’ van Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is een betoverend boek voor liefhebbers van ‘De zoon van de verhalenverteller’. Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar vertelt het hartverscheurende verhaal van een hedendaags Syrisch meisje en een middeleeuwse avonturier, en beide verhaallijnen zijn even sterk en meeslepend. Wanneer Nours vader overlijdt, besluit haar moeder met haar drie dochters terug te verhuizen van New York naar Syrië. Nour probeert de herinnering aan haar vader levend te houden door zijn verhalen over Rawiya te herhalen, een meisje in de twaalfde eeuw dat zich vermomt als ... continue
Tags: Set in SYRIA
Recommended: 25 Jan 2023

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Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa EN

Rating: 3     4 Votes
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE A dogged, absurd quest through the nightmare of the Syrian civil war Khaled Khalifa’s Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syria’s ongoing and catastrophic civil war: a tale of three ordinary people facing down the stuff of nightmares armed with little more than simple determination. Abdel Latif, an old man from the Aleppo region, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. His final wish, conveyed to his youngest son, Bolbol, is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya... continue
Recommended: 14 Sep 2022

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Eine Hand voller Sterne by Rafik Schami DE

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
Über 2 Jahre hinweg berichtet ein 14-jähriger Syrer über sein Leben als Schüler, Handlanger und Mitstreiter einer Untergrundzeitung in Damaskus.
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Recommended: 02 Sep 2023

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Growing Up bin Laden : Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World by Najwa bin Laden, Omar bin Laden, Jean Sasson EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia In their own words, Osama bin Laden's wife and son tell the astonishing story of the man they knew--or thought they knew--before September 11, 2001. The world knows Osama bin Laden as the most wanted terrorist of our time. But people are not born terrorists, and bin Laden has carefully guarded the details of his private life--until now, when his first wife and fourth-born son break the silence to take us inside his strange and secret world. In spine-tingling detail, Jean Sasson tells th... continue

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My Country : A Syrian Memoir by Kassem Eid EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
'Powerful ... A humbling and important first-hand account of a brutal civil war in which as many as 500,000 people have died' Guardian'A memoir of resistance and survival unique in the annals of modern war ... If the shedding of blood can be beautiful in words, he makes it so' Wall Street JournalBorn to Palestinian refugees, Kassem Eid grew up in the small town of Moadamiya on the outskirts of the ancient city of Damascus, playing in streets perfumed with jasmine. But it didn't take long for Kassem to realise that he was treated differently at school because of his family's resistance to the b... continue
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Recommended: 09 Apr 2023

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Shatila Stories by Suhir Helal (editor) EN

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Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Recommended: 20 Jun 2018

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The Proof of the Honey by Salwa Al Neimi EN

Rating: 1     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
A Syrian scholar working in Paris is invited to contribute to a conference on the subject of classic erotic literature in Arabic. The invitation provides occasion for her to evoke memories from her own life, to exult in her personal liberty, her lovers, her desires, and to revisit moments of shared intimacy with other women as they discuss life, love, and sexual desire. Far more than an erotic novel, The Proof of the Honey is a surprising and illuminating voyage into the history of Arabic literature. Borrowing inspiration from The Thousand and One Nights, erudite asides are woven into the fabr... continue
Genre Adult
Recommended: 16 Mar 2023

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The Shell : Memoirs of a Hidden Observer by Moustafa Khalifa EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
?The work of a moder-day Sozhenitsyn that exposes acts of violence and brutality committed by the Syrian regime. This compelling first novel is the astonishing story of a Syrian political prisoner of consciencean atheist mistaken for a radical Islamistwho was locked up for 13 years without trial in one of the most notorious prisons in the Middle East. The novel takes the form of a diary which Musa keeps in his head and then writes down upon his release. In Tadmur prison, the mood is naturally bleak and yet often very beautifully captured. The narrator, a young graduate, is defiant and stoical,... continue
Recommended: 26 Jul 2022


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