No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa
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In the once beautiful city of Aleppo, one Syrian family descends into tragedy and ruin.

Irrepressible Sawsan flirts with militias, the ruling party, and finally religion, seeking but never finding salvation. She and her siblings and mother are slowly choked in violence and decay, as their lives are plundered by a brutal regime.

Set between the 1960s and 2000s, No Knives in the Kitchens of this City unravels the systems of fear and control under Assad. With eloquence and startling honesty, it speaks of the persecution of a whole society.
 

About Khaled Khalifa

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Khaled Khalifa was born in 1964, in a village close to Aleppo, Syria. He is the fifth child of a family of thirteen siblings. He has a Bachelor degree in Law and actively participated in the foundation of Aleph magazine with a group of writers and poets. A few months later, the magazine was forbidden by the Syrian censorship. He currently lives in Damascus where he writes scripts for cinema and television.
 
Published October 15, 2016 by The American University in Cairo Press. 180 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sawsan, who loved fragile Suad, judges her mother harshly: "[I] spat on my mother, and told her that shame would follow her forever."

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