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Erzähler der Nacht This is a hard book to rate It is written based on the Syrian oral storytelling tradition Measured as a western novel, it has issues But, it is not a western novel It isakin to a collection of short stories, but even there the rhythm, character development, and plot arc are very different I learned quite a bit about the Arab storytelling tradition, about Syria Damascus circa 1959, and I was entertained That said, finishing the book feltlike an exercise I was interested in havin This is a hard book to rate It is written based on the Syrian oral storytelling tradition Measured as a western novel, it has issues But, it is not a western novel It isakin to a collection of short stories, but even there the rhythm, character development, and plot arc are very different I learned quite a bit about the Arab storytelling tradition, about Syria Damascus circa 1959, and I was entertained That said, finishing the book feltlike an exercise I was interested in having completed than a story I couldn t put down I m glad I read it, but I won t seek out Salim the coachman is renowned for his storytelling One day, however, he is cursed to lose his voice, and can only regain it if he is given seven gifts His seven best friends eventually set out to tell him a story each, in a take on 1001 Nights.Schami has two major themes in the work I ve read, at least the city of Damascus, and traditional Arabic storytelling Both are done well here, though neither is explored as thoroughly as in The Dark Side of Love which was epic and beautiful, and g Salim the coachman is renowned for his storytelling One day, however, he is cursed to lose his voice, and can only regain it if he is given seven gifts His seven best friends eventually set out to tell him a story each, in a take on 1001 Nights.Schami has two major themes in the work I ve read, at least the city of Damascus, and traditional Arabic storytelling Both are done well here, though neither is explored as thoroughly as in The Dark Side of Love which was epic and beautiful, and got a lotinto Schami s critiques of Syrian politics, though there is a little of that here The stories that are told within the story are charming, and run the gamut from fairy tales to episodes from the speakers lives 5 out of 5 stars Rafik Schami takes the basic concept of this classic of Arabian literature and sets it in Damascus in 1959 This book is made up of fairy tales with real life reflection Damascus born, Germany based children s writer Schami delivers an occasionally charming butoften unmoving tale of Arabian nights and a determined effort to help a master yarnspinner regain his lost ability to speak So here is what the fabulous book is aboutThe time is present day Damascus, and Sal 5 out of 5 stars Rafik Schami takes the basic concept of this classic of Arabian literature and sets it in Damascus in 1959 This book is made up of fairy tales with real life reflection Damascus born, Germany based children s writer Schami delivers an occasionally charming butoften unmoving tale of Arabian nights and a determined effort to help a master yarnspinner regain his lost ability to speak So here is what the fabulous book is aboutThe time is present day Damascus, and Salim the coachman, the citys most famous storyteller, is mysteriously struck dumb To break the spell, seven friends gather for seven nights to present Salim with seven wondrous giftsseven stories of their own design Upon this enchanting frame of tales told in the fragrant Arabian night, the words of the past grow fainter, as ancient customs are yielding to modern turmoil While the hairdresser, the teacher, the wife of the locksmith sip their tea and pass the water pipe, they swap stories about the magical and the mundane about djinnis and princesses, about contemporary politics and the difficulties of bargaining in a New York department store And as one tale leads to another and another all of Damascus appears before your eyes, along with a vision of storytellingand talkas the essence of friendship, of community, of life The writing is so beautiful and lyrical It was a joy to read the beautiful phrases in this book, especially those that gave beauty to very common actions I felt like I was reading lyrical poetry in prose form, the feel of it was poetry but it wasn t poetry I hope that makes sense Anyone can listen to an exciting story but a good listener is like a determined gold prospector patiently digging through the mud to find a little nugget of the prized metal Rafik Schami, Damascus Nights Check out my book blog forbook reviews and other bookish posts Glaiza recommend Damascus Nights to me when I was asking for suggestions for Asian Lit Bingo I decided to read it because I was intrigued by the stories within a story concept The book was originally published in German, however I read the English translation.It s ownvoices for Syrian representation.The writing is so beautiful and lyrical It was a joy to read the beautiful phrases in this book, especially those that gave Check out my book blog forbook reviews and other bookish posts Glaiza recommend Damascus Nights to me when I was asking for suggestions for Asian Lit Bingo I decided to read it because I was intrigued by the stories within a story concept The book was originally published in German, however I read the English translation.It s ownvoices for Syrian representation.The writing is so beautiful and lyrical It was a joy to read the beautiful phrases in this book, especially those that gave beauty to very common actions I felt like I was reading lyrical poetry in prose form, the feel of it was poetry but it wasn t poetry I hope that makes sense Check out the beauty in these phrasesWriting is not the voice s shadow but the tracks of its steps The stamp is a piece of every official s soul, and if he has to press it down on a sheet of paper, it hurts his soul though a banknote or two has been known to lessen the pain Fruit, you see, is first eaten with the eyes, then with the nose, and only last with the mouth A lie can change even the blandest occurrence into a piquant dish I loved how the story described in this book is that of a storyteller being told stories by his friends Damascus Nights is both a short story collection and a full length novel at the same time, the short stories being woven into the tapestry of the full length novel I think it s quite lovely when a person who usually tells stories is given the opportunity to listen to stories that others have to tell, thus being able to relax and enjoy the story The stories were all beautiful and in my opinion, there were lessons that the reader can learn from each story There are many genres of stories, and thus I think that most readers will find at least one likable story Some of the stories have magical aspects, while others are based on reality Some are about personal experiences of the storyteller in question, while others are fictional Each story was uniquely part of the storyteller in question and the storyteller s personality influenced the method of their storytelling as well as the story itself.The main story is set in Damascus, and while the short stories take place in different parts of the world, Damascus is never ignored The author has managed to write beautiful and vivid descriptions of the city, its culture and people.Damascus Nights is a beautiful book The writing is poetic and lovely I m very happy that it was recommended to me, and I recommend it to you as wellThis review is part of the German Diverse Books projectDeutscheDiversityB cherThe book is available in a lot of languages. The premise of Damascus Nights is whimsical seven old friends come together to each tell a story in the hope of breaking the spell that binds the storyteller Salim to silence Writing is not the voice s shadow but the tracks of its steps The premise of Damascus Nights is whimsical seven old friends come together to each tell a story in the hope of breaking the spell that binds the storyteller Salim to silence Writing is not the voice s shadow but the tracks of its steps 4 1 2 stars I loved this book Salim, a coachmen, who travels from Damascus to Beirut, tells stories to entertain his customers and keep them coming back He has lost his voice, and his friends, desperate to hear his golden voice again, do everything they can to bring his voice back The story takes place in 1959, and the stories told give us a beautiful picture of Damascus There are many stories within the main story, a little like the nested Russian dolls Many have likened the book the Ar 4 1 2 stars I loved this book Salim, a coachmen, who travels from Damascus to Beirut, tells stories to entertain his customers and keep them coming back He has lost his voice, and his friends, desperate to hear his golden voice again, do everything they can to bring his voice back The story takes place in 1959, and the stories told give us a beautiful picture of Damascus There are many stories within the main story, a little like the nested Russian dolls Many have likened the book the Arabian Nights and it certainly had the feel of it I look forward to readingof Schami s writing Charming and entertaining If you like good storytelling, you ll like this. More of a 3.5 really. This was a beautiful book Exquisitely told Thanks Haroon.This book was recommended to me by a friend whom I have since lost contact with hi Haroon and I cannot stress how grateful I am that he urged me to read this Damascus Nights I was about 18 how young when I read this and I reckon that the book is a good fit for anyone who enjoys stories and storytelling.Damascus Nights is about Salim, a coachman and also the most famous storyteller in all of Damascus When he tells stories, people f This was a beautiful book Exquisitely told Thanks Haroon.This book was recommended to me by a friend whom I have since lost contact with hi Haroon and I cannot stress how grateful I am that he urged me to read this Damascus Nights I was about 18 how young when I read this and I reckon that the book is a good fit for anyone who enjoys stories and storytelling.Damascus Nights is about Salim, a coachman and also the most famous storyteller in all of Damascus When he tells stories, people from all over Damascus gather to hear them He spends his evenings with seven of his closest friends They tell each other stories, they argue, and they laugh One night, Salim loses his voice and the only way he can regain it is if he is given seven wondrous gifts Salim s seven friends try to give him different things to see if his voice comes back but they fail consecutively Until one of them realizes that the gift in question is a story Each of Salim s friends must tell Salim and the gathering of friends a story Seven friends equal seven stories equal seven wondrous gifts It s the only way to save Salim s voice.With some misgivings and a whole lot of reluctance, the friends agree to share their stories and so begins Damascus Nights The novel is Arabian Nights without Scheherazade and the rapacious king Damascus comes to glorious life in Schami s book his imagery is so concrete that you will be able to hear the vegetable seller s call, or the muezzin saying the azaan You will feel the heat of the coffee in the cup Salim holds and you will hear the voice of the chosen storyteller of the night The narrator of the story is a shadowy character in the book whose presence the readers will see once or twice but never in any detail.Each story offers something new, something wondrous There are flying carpets, lost love, abandoned children, demons, masks, fairies Some tales are sly, some twist and twirl and every tale matches the teller I really admired the way Schami differentiated between all his characters he individuated each character so thoroughly that it is possible to know who is speaking simply by the way they speak This is not easy to do as any writer will tell you.The friendship between the old men is a wonderful part of the novel the way they tease each other, the way they argue, the way they offer understanding and help Sometimes, the way the story is told with the frequent interruptions is as wonderful as the story itself There is political commentary woven throughout the stories and aaware reader will be able to extrapolate these opinions and perhaps write a wonderful essay on it I m just saying But the novel itself offers a unique glimpse of a culture foreign to us who live in North America Damascus Nights allows us to walk on terrain that would otherwise be impossible for us to traverse.Syria has a long tradition of storytellers and a quick search on the internet will reveal the storyteller of Damascus who passed away recently Damascus Nights pays homage to the tradition of storytelling and points at the importance of storytelling in human lives Who we are is largely the stories we tell I believe that children are often the ones who lost themselves the most in stories, and as such may be able to empathize the most with the Salim the storyteller and his quest to regain his voice and his ability to tell stories I recommend it for teenage audiences but I dare say that if a parent were to read this one out loud to their children, both the parent and the child would enjoy it thorougly Kutscher Salim ist der beste Geschichtenerz hler von Damaskus und seine Stimme verzaubert jeden Sie brachte nicht nur Trauer, Zorn und Freude hervor, es wurden sogar Wind, Sonne und Regen f r uns sp rbar Doch seltsam, pl tzlich verstummt er Nur sieben besondere Gaben k nnen ihn erl sen Seine Freunde, die ihn Abend f r Abend besuchen, finden allm hlich heraus, welche Gaben gemeint sein k nnten die sch nsten, die es gibt Geschichten


About the Author: Rafik Schami

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1946, Rafik Schami Arabic is the son of a baker from an Arab Christian originally Aramaic family His schooling and university studies diploma in chemistry took place in Damascus From 1965, Schami wrote stories in Arabic From 1964 70 he was the co founder and editor of the wall news sheet Al Muntalak The Starting Point in the old quarter of the city In 1971 Schami moved to Heidelberg and financed further studies by typical guest worker jobs factories, building sites, restaurants He earned his doctorate in chemistry in 1979 and began career in the chemical industry In his spare time, he co founded the literary group S dwind in 1980 and was part of the PoLiKunst movement Schami became a full time author in 1982 He lives in Kirchheimbolanden with his Bavarian wife and son and he holds dual citizenship Schami s books have been translated into 20 languages


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