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The Dark Side Of Love Paperback – 8 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Arabia Books (8 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906697116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906697112
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,336,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This isn’t an easy read, but it is well worth the effort. I think it is a literary masterpiece and that everyone interested in Middle Eastern literature should ensure they read it. Highly recommended." (Farm Lane Books Blog 201011)

About the Author

Rafik Schami was born in Damascus in 1946. Today he is one of the most successful German-speaking Arabic writers. His novels have been translated into 21 languages and received numerous international awards

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Having read the excellent review in the newspaper I found that the book exceeded my expectations. This is a saga spanning generations. Above all it evokes Syria, it religious and ethnic mix, its culture and its food. It is also played out against troubling political times which impact on all the central characters. A book that I could not put down for over 800 pages.
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This book, which I am reading in a swedish translation, is just something else! In his final chapter Rafik Schami describes how he wrote the book; he compares it with making a mosaic, where each tiny piece has to be perfect in it's own right and in the whole. The book, which is very long, has very many chapters that are very short, and are little stories in their own right. They give flavour, are often funny and add to the richness of life in Damascus. The book has a main character, Farid, but then describes his family background, his own life and the life of many characters around him. It contains humour, sensuality, sadness, brutality, helplessness and power. And much more! It is an absolute favourite of mine!
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If you love O Pamuk, N Mafouz - this one is for you. The story spans 3 generations and weaves multiple life stories together. With each life story the author finds new energy and focus, so the yarn never grows dull - and that's a long book! The name is a bit unfortunate, risking to turn away a serious reader - and that would be a shame. A Nobel contender? Maybe...
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I have just finished The Dark Side of Love, this very day. I am in mourning; there is no more to read. I began reading it on Milos and it travelled via Athens, home with me. It has proven as if part of me, me part of it. My words don't flow so easily because I am still within the grip of the book; the best I can say is of its beauty, its depth, and its reaching stunning heights, whilst travelling through the sewers of humanity.
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with man, woman, beast. The theme of this book, a clan feud, is an excellent one but overshadowed by sex. The book unfortunately is thus not up to the high standard of other great eastern writers such as Pamuk, Barghouti, Maalouf or Hamid. The title of this unfortunate novel would perhaps better be 'The Story of a Prick.'
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