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Author: Susan

I was asking too much of Sarmada, by Fadi Azzam

I really wanted to like Sarmada by Fadi Azzam, translated by Adam Talib. I still really want to like it. The reviews and the blurbs promised the stories of women living their lives in a small town set against the backdrop of the political situation that has created today’s Syria – the wars, the politics and the religions. The book opens with “About the Author (in a way).” This preface promises “Words make us free. Anytime a place or a period of time goes wrong, the suffering turn to words. Words console, they give us hope.” I read Sarmada...

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