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Rafik Schami

Author of Damascus Nights

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Works by Rafik Schami

Damascus Nights (1989) 359 copies, 5 reviews
The Dark Side of Love (2004) 326 copies, 6 reviews
A Hand Full of Stars (1987) — Author — 237 copies, 5 reviews
The Calligrapher's Secret (2008) — Author — 160 copies, 8 reviews
Der ehrliche Lügner (1992) 77 copies
Reise zwischen Nacht und Morgen (1995) 55 copies, 2 reviews
Sophia: or The Beginning of All Tales (2015) — Author — 49 copies, 1 review
The woman who sold her husband at the flea market (2011) — Author — 46 copies
Märchen aus Malula. (1990) 39 copies
Die Sehnsucht der Schwalbe (2000) 38 copies
Fatima and the Dream Thief (1996) — Author — 35 copies, 1 review
Albert and Lila (1999) 33 copies
Der Fliegenmelker und andere Erzählungen. (1985) 32 copies, 1 review
The Storyteller of Damascus (1998) — Author — 28 copies
Der Schnabelsteher (1995) — Author — 23 copies
Das letzte Wort der Wanderratte (1984) 22 copies, 1 review
Das ist kein Papagei! (1901) 21 copies, 1 review
Die geheime Mission des Kardinals: Roman (2019) 19 copies, 2 reviews
Sieben Doppelgänger (1999) 17 copies
Das Herz der Puppe (2012) 14 copies, 1 review
Das Schaf im Wolfspelz (1986) 13 copies
Sami und der Wunsch nach Freiheit: Roman (2017) 9 copies, 1 review
Loblied und andere Olivenkerne (1996) 8 copies, 1 review
Wie ich Papa die Angst vor Fremden nahm (2003) — Author — 8 copies
Meister Marios Geschichte (2013) 3 copies
Die Farbe der Worte (2000) 3 copies
Die schönsten Märchen (2003) 2 copies
Dürüst Yalanci (2018) 1 copy
Die Geburt (2008) 1 copy
Gece Masalcisi (2018) 1 copy
Geburtstag (2017) 1 copy
Sammlung 1 copy

Associated Works

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection (1994) — Contributor — 256 copies, 2 reviews
Ruckzuck: Die schnellsten Geschichten der Welt II (2008) — Author, some editions — 6 copies
Die Schatzsuche und andere Abenteuergeschichten (2010) — Contributor — 3 copies
Festhalten, Abspringen (1997) — Contributor — 1 copy
De krokodil met kiespijn en andere sprookjes (1996) — Author — 1 copy


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A clever riff on the Thousand and One Nights but just not particularly good. A coachman noted for his storytelling loses his voice. His best friends try to help him recover it and finally hit upon the solution of each one telling a story which, for reasons explained in the story, is the proper solution. The first half of the book is devoted to setting the scene and the second half, to the friends’ stories. Some are silly, a few are good, but on balance the work—though well-written and evocative—is less than the sum of its parts. An easy, quick read but disappointing. I have another of his books (The Calligrapher’s Secret) which I will probably try at some point since Schami’s writing is engaging, but I’m not expecting too much.… (more)
Gypsy_Boy | 4 other reviews | Aug 24, 2023 |
Dieses Buch ist wunderschön, aber leider viel zu kurz. Der Erzähler, ein Bäckerssohn in Damaskus, der Journalist werden will, berichtet im Tagebuchstil von seinem Leben. Ich war fasziniert von der Mischung aus ganz normalen Aspekten eines Teenagerlebens (Rebellion gegen die Eltern, erste große Liebe, Konflikte zwischen Freunden) mit den Problemen, die es mit sich bringt, wenn man in einer politisch instabilen Region wohnt und sich ausgerechnet einen Beruf ausgesucht hat, der dazu führen kann, dass man als regimefeindlich im Gefängnis landet.

Die Figuren sind wunderbar und äußerst liebenswert geschildert, das Leben in Damaskus wird äußerst lebendig geschildert, der Ton ist trotz aller Probleme humor- und hoffnungsvoll.
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Ellemir | 4 other reviews | May 25, 2022 |
This is an awesome book made out out of several 100 seperate stories that still belong together - feels a bit like 1.001 night. I am really sad that it´s finished now. Learned more about the arabic mind while reading it than reading newspapers.

I feel especially sad about Damaskus and Syria which are hit by the aftermath of war while it must be a beautiful country and city once. Let´s hope city, country and people from syria will enjoy peace soon!
iffland | 5 other reviews | Mar 19, 2022 |
The illustrations in this table turning story are full of fun detail and idiosyncratic choices. The story is a bit on the thin side for a clever girl narrative.
quondame | Mar 16, 2022 |



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