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The frightened ones

Wannūs, Dīmā, 1982-2020
Books, Manuscripts
Suleima and Nassim first meet in their therapist's tiny waiting room in Damascus. In the city's atmosphere of surveillance and anxiety, they begin a tenuous relationship. Some years later, after civil war breaks out, Nassim leaves Syria for Germany. He doesn't ask Suleima to come with him; instead, from thousands of miles away, he sends her a book he has written, a novel about a woman whose experiences are very close to her own. As Suleima reads, her past overwhelms her. Time begins to fold in on itself, her sense of identity unravels, she has no idea what to trust - Naseem's pages, her own memory - both - or neither? As she attempts to solve the mystery of her lover's manuscript, she must confront what has happened to her family, to her country, and start to make sense of who she is and what she has become.
Main title:
The frightened ones / Dima Wannous ; translated by Elisabeth Jaquette.
London : Harvill Secker, 2020.
224 pages ; 22 cm
Translated from the Arabic.
9781787300378 (pbk)
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