City of Jasmine
A poignant story of three young adults trying to make a future for themselves in war-torn Damascus
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|Library of Congress
||Syrians - Fiction - Germany, Syria - Fiction
||General & Literary Fiction
Description of this Book
When Hammoudi, a young surgeon based in Paris, returns to Syria to renew his passport, he only expects to stay there a few days. But the authorities refuse to let him leave and Hammoudi finds himself caught up in the fight against the regime. Meanwhile, budding actress Amal has also joined the protests against the government and her own father, by whom she feels betrayed. Realising that they will never again be safe in their homeland, Amal and her boyfriend Youssef decide to flee to Europe in a desperate bid to survive. But the path to safety brings its own risks, and Amal and Youssef once again narrowly escape death when their overcrowded ship sinks. Eventually they reach Germany, but soon discover that in this new life - where they are perceived as nothing but refugees - their struggle is far from over. God Is Not Shy is an intimate and striking novel that offers real insight into the horrors and inhumanity of war, whilst also focusing on the humanity of the protagonists, marking Olga Grjasnowa as one of the most talented and admired young authors working in Germany today.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
Short-listed for Text & Sprache Prize 2018 (Germany)
||`Olga Grjasnowa's sentences crack like a whip.' * <i>Suddeutsche Zeitung</i> * `There are few authors writing in German as sensuously and vividly as Grjasnowa.' * <i>KulturSpiegel</i> *
||Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
Olga Grjasnowa was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her debut novel All Russians Love Birch Trees was awarded the Klaus-Michael K hne Prize and the Anna Seghers Prize. CITY OF JASMINE is her third novel. Olga Grjasnowa lives with her family in Berlin. Katy Derbyshire, originally from London, has lived in Berlin for over twenty years. Her translation of Clemens Meyer's Bricks and Mortar was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017.