Syria flag Books from Syria

21 popular syrian books
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.

1.

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

0 Ratings
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
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
Genre

2.

As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh EN

Rating: 5 (8 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

3.

Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa EN

Rating: 2 (1 vote)
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

4.

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.

5.

El secreto del calígrafo by Rafik Schami ES

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
Un vibrante retrato de Damasco en los años posteriores a la independencia, cuyos protagonistas son un reputado calígrafo, una mujer de gran belleza y un joven cristiano de noble carácter. En las populosas calles de la ciudad vieja, el rumor se extiende como una marea: Nura, la joven y bella esposa del afamado calígrafo Hamid Farsi, se ha fugado de casa sin dejar rastro. De inmediato, cientos de voces especulan sobre los motivos de tal desplante. ¿Habrá sucumbido al insistente ruego del célebre donjuán Nassri Abbani, que para conquistar la única pieza que se le resiste ha acudido nada menos que... continue

6.

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

0 Ratings
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 their... continue

7.

Hope Not Fear: Finding My Way from Refugee to Filmmaker to NHS Hospital Cleaner and Activist by Hassan Akkad EN

0 Ratings
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
An extraordinary story that deals with the urgent issues of our era . . . a story about resilience, renewal' - Elif ShafakA stunning testament to human strength, courage and compassion, Hope Not Fear shows that nobody is powerless to change the world. This memoir from refugee, filmmaker, and activist Hassan Akkad traces his campaigns for justice, from protesting the Assad regime in Syria to winning greater rights for cleaners in the NHS.Since seeking asylum in the UK, Hassan's unshakeable instinct to raise awareness, help and connect, has seen him share not only his experience as a refugee, bu... continue

8.

In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
1980s Syria. Our young narrator is living a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents. Her three aunts bring her up with the aid of their ever-devoted blind servant. Soon the high walls of the family home are unable to protect her from the social and political upheavals outside.

9.

My Country : A Syrian Memoir by Kassem Eid EN

0 Ratings
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
Genre

10.

No knives in the kitchens of this city by Khaled khalifa EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
Description:
In the once beautiful city of Aleppo, one family descends into ruin in this novel from one of the rising stars of Arab fiction-- New York Times Irrepressible Sawsan flirts with militias, the ruling party, and finally religion, seeking but never finding salvation. She and her siblings and mother are slowly choked in violence and decay, as their lives are plundered by a brutal regime. Set between the 1960s and 2000s, No Knives in the Kitchens of this City unravels the systems of fear and control under Assad. With eloquence and startling honesty, it speaks of the persecution of a whole society.


FIND BOOKS FROM SYRIA BY GENRE

Adult Biography Contemporary fiction Domestic fiction Historical Historical fiction Memoir Poetry Political Religious Short story Young Adult