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The Silence and the Roar

 

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The Silk Market (Khan Al-Harir):

The original novel of the widely known TV serial. Its events take place in the 1950s in Syria, a time of serious political tensions which led to the short-lived union between Syria and Egypt. It depicts the social, economic and political life at the time through the lives of people connected to the Aleppo silk market, home of the famous textile trade.
The novel was published in 2005 by Kanaan Publishing House in Damascus.
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A Case of a Passion (Halet Shaghaff):

First published in 1998 by Attia Publishing House in Beirut. It looks closely at the special society of women and their music and singing that flourished during the 1930s in Aleppo. It is an interesting novel which combines an absorbing mystery story with a case of passion for a woman who affects both men and women.

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The Pastoral Comedy (Al-komedia Al-fallahiya):

Published in Damascus in 1990. It is about tribes who leave the desert because of tribal conflicts and settle in a Bedouin quarter around the city of Aleppo. These people infiltrate the city, exerting an influence on it. The spirit of tribal society finally prevails throughout the urban society.

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The Cancer (Al-Saratan):

First issued in 1987 by the publishing house of Mohammed Ali El-Hami in Tunis, then in 1988 by Al-Hewar in Syria and then in 1995 by Al-Fikra in Aleppo. It is the story of Abdullah who came back from Argentina, where he had emigrated from Syria, suffering from an incurable disease. It is a story about identity, longing for childhood and attitude to both self and the world.