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City of Jasmine

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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ISBN 9781786074874
Barcode 9781786074874
Published 6 May 2019 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Hardback, Hardback
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Author(s) By Grjasnowa, Olga
Translated by Derbyshire, Katy
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ISBN-13 9781786074874
ISBN-10 1786074877
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Oneworld Publications
Publication Date 6 May 2019
International Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Hardback
Edition Hardback
Author(s) By Grjasnowa, Olga
Translated by Derbyshire, Katy
Category Award Winning
General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
Refugees & Political Asylum
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Syrians - Fiction - Germany, Syria - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 833.92
Catalogue Code 961390

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Text & Sprache Prize 2018 (Germany)
NZ Review `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> *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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.

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