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      The Dark Side Of Love

      by Rafic Chami
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      Product Details

      • Publisher: Interlink Pub Group
      • Publishing date: 31/03/2009
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9781566567800
      • ISBN: 1566567807

      Synopsis

      International bestseller available in English for the first time "This Arab version of Romeo and Juliet paints a unique picture of historic and social panorama of Syria." --Deutschlandradio Kultur Story of forbidden love set against the background of Arabic culture and endless feuds between clansA dead man hangs from the portal of St Paul's Chapel in Damascus. He was a Muslim officer--and he was murdered. But when Detective Barudi sets out to interrogate the man's mysterious widow, the Secret Service takes the case away from him. Barudi continues to investigate clandestinely and discovers the murderer's motive: it is a blood feud between the Mushtak and Shahin clans, reaching back to the beginnings of the 20th century. And, linked to it, a love story that can have no happy ending, for reconciliation has no place within the old tribal structures. Rafik Schami's dazzling novel spans a century of Syrian history in which politics and religions continue to torment an entire people. Simultaneously, his poetic stories from three generations tell of the courage of lovers who risk death sooner than deny their passions. He has also written a heartfelt tribute to his hometown Damascus and a great and moving hymn to the power of love. "A masterpiece! A marvel of prose that mixes myths, stories, tales, legends, and a wonderful love story... You will experience a Schehezerade in sparkling colors--a big love story, which does not spare us of the sharp knives of grief."--Die Zeit "A grandiose novel... Rafik Schami is one of the best German-language storytellers..."--Brigitte Magazine "A grandiose book--one of the richest, most venturous, and most beautiful projects of capturing the world..."--Deutschlandradio "A cascade of stories, which again and again inflame themselves... An Arab variation of Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending... A wonderfully easy read... A modern Arab genre tableau... an immense declaration of love to Damascus with its East-West tensions..."--Neue Z?ƒA¼richer Zeitung "Words that tickle the heart... Rafik Schami tells a wonderful story about forbidden love..."--S?ƒA¤chsische Zeitung "An opulent mosaic of stories about a century..."--Die Welt "The strangeness of the Arab world in Schami's novel becomes immediately familiar--in 896 pages, in 300 stories, between grief and laughter, crime and poetry." --S?ƒA¼ddeutsche Zeitung "Rafik Schami's novel is a festival for the imagination..."--S?ƒA¼ddeutsche Zeitung

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