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The Road from Damascus It is summerand Sami Traifi has escaped his fraying marriage and minimal job prospects to visit Damascus In search of his roots and himself, he instead finds a forgotten uncle in a gloomy back room, and an ugly secret about his beloved father


About the Author: Robin Yassin-Kassab

Robin Yassin Kassab was born in London in 1969 He has taught English around the Arab world as well as in Turkey, and has been a journalist in Pakistan His first novel, The Road From Damascus, was published in 2008.



10 thoughts on “The Road from Damascus

  1. Aaliyah Aaliyah says:

    You need to be attentive to know what you believe Muntaha experiences God s comings and goings Because it goes too it isn t always there Inside her, hot and cold alternate like the seasons And she knows which she prefers She aims for summer She aims for light The Road from Damascus by Robin Yassin Kassab was an absolute pleasure to read Published in 2008, this really felt like a huge step in the


  2. Jason Gyempeh Jason Gyempeh says:

    I couldn t wait to get to the end It was a bit of a slog The guy who wrote it has just invented a story about the world that he knows, but it isn t particularly good, interesting or well written I felt like there were loads of caricatures rather than characters, like his brother in law for instance Too many thoughts of the author masquerading as a character thinking If i d have read a precis of the book b


  3. metaphor metaphor says:

    They used his body as a door to his soul They climbed in through it, keeping their boots on, found the soul and kicked it down to size In quieter moments they reasoned with it gently, convincing it that if it did exist, it certainly had no right to Then they hoovered it up, all except a grain, a peppercorn of hope I will live, it said I will see Mouna She will make me better We will start again.


  4. Alison Smith Alison Smith says:

    A complex story about family, religion, history and identity What does it mean to be an Arab, a Muslim, living in modern London A chaotic jumbled picture of life in London, and Syrian Sami s conflict with his religion or lack of it his failure as an academic his marriage The confusion of modern urban life and out place within it, and coming to terms with identity and your family An unusual book.P.S the writer has a Syrian


  5. Rana Baker Rana Baker says:

    To be honest, I found the first 50 pages excessively boring and over detailed I must confess, however, that my understanding of the purpose of the book do justify the way it was written It is meant to describe the life of Arabs in the West, in places were an Orientalist judgement seems to befall Arab Muslims in particular The book is very thought provoking and worth reading.


  6. May-Ling May-Ling says:

    hmm, i guess i randomly picked up a jewish book and now an arabic book how funny.yassin kassab s writing style is excellent and descriptive particularly as the novel starts out it s about sami traifi s crisis in faith a muslim that believes religion is stupid and mere fantasy the death of his father and a visit to syria revisit him constantly in nightmares and he withdraws from everything the novel is a story about several people and partic


  7. Wael Al-alwani Wael Al-alwani says:

    When we have inner battles with ourselves. when we cannot escape our past, and have it influencing the future in some way..This novel tells the story of Sami Traifi. who have a mixed past hanging on a string that starts from Damascus and ends in London. after the darkness comes the dawn. and the hope.


  8. Anna Halabi Anna Halabi says:

    Beautiful metaphors and similies True, tradition has had decayed so long it had crumbled into itself, its crumbs had been thorougly mulched in the jaws of various modernisms This book is about the journey of a Syrian living in London to find himself, confronting his culture, his religion, his family and his past The writing is great The style superb It addresses all the senses.


  9. Matt Matt says:

    Opening in the now ominous summer of 2001, Yassin Kassab s promising first novel sees Sami Traifi wandering through the crowded markets and alleyways of the world s oldest continuously inhabited city Damascus.Feeling unmoored and rootless in London, Sami has travelled to his father s birthplace in a misguided attempt to make sense of his rapidly unravelling life What Sami discovers there only adds to his troubles, and when he returns to England, his drifting uncertai


  10. Hasan San Jamous Hasan San Jamous says:

    it s not that i didn t like it It actually started really good. but u get to the middle of the book and after Muntaha s father dies, i think the story kind of drifts to no where It got a little boring actually, but anyway the ending was kind of good. Not highly recommended..


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