Grand entretien avec le romancier syrien Nihad Sirees
by Yusuf Akkawi
It can be said without hesitation that Nihad Sirees is an Aleppine writer, not because he hails from that city and lived there for most of his life, but because the bulk of his writing starts there and orbits in its universe. From Northern Winds to The Girls, and even The Silence and the Roar, which does not belong to any clear time or place but between the lines of which it is not too hard to glean that embattled city. The most well-known of all his works, though, was The Silk Market, the memorable television serial that narrated a period of the political history of that city, and through it a chapter of the history of Syria. Sirees witnessed the explosion of the revolution in his country but then concluded that he had to free himself from all the immediate dangers, and that getting some distance would help his writing and his optimism.
[This interview was originally published in Arabic in al-Safir under the title "Nihad Sirees: I am with fundamental change but I am afraid of revolutions.” It was translated into English by Max Weiss.]
In Syrien hat mit der brutalen Unterdrückung friedlicher Proteste ein Bürgerkrieg begonnen. Die Armee ist gespalten, die Desertionen nehmen zu. Weil der Aufstand keine zentralen Strukturen oder charismatischen Führer hat, ist es unmöglich, diesen zu zerschlagen. Gleichzeitig sind die aufständischen Gruppierungen anfällig für radikale Elemente. Von Nihad Siris.
Der syrische Autor Nihad Siris schrieb mit „Ali Hassans Intrige“ eine böse Satire auf eine arabische Despotie.
My visit to Australia, May 28 - June 15 2009