Gates of Damascus (Lonely Planet Travel Literature Series)by Lieve Joris
The Gates of Damascus is a beautifully drawn portrait of daily life in modern-day Syria. Through her intimate contact with Hala, a Damascene, Lieve Joris experiences the routines and celebrations of domestic life in the Middle East. She also witnesses the impact of Syrian politics on the lives of ordinary people. A travel writing classic, Lieve Joris's book offers a unique insight into the complexities of the Arab world.
About the Author
Belgian-born Lieve Joris is one of Europe's foremost travel writers. In addition to The Gates of Damascus, she has written an award-winning book on Hungary and widely acclaimed accounts of her journeys to the Middle East and Africa. This English-language edition of The Gates of Damascus was translated by Sam Garrett.
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This book was handed to me as a 'must read' in my first few months studying in Damascus. (thanks Basel)In hindsight i was a virgin to the intricacies of Damascene life until i read it. I applaud the writer for her attention to detail and her treatment of emotive and political issues whilst considering her European background. I was left with significant food for thought and more....READ