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The frightened ones / Dima Wannous ; translated from the Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette.

Wannūs, Dīmā, 1982- (author.). Jaquette, Elisabeth, (translator.).

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Erlanger Branch WANNU D (Text) 33126024453221 New Adult Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525655138 hardcover
  • ISBN: 0525655131 hardcover
  • Physical Description: 195 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First United States edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.

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Summary, etc.:
"In her therapist's waiting room in Damascus, Suleima meets the strange and reticent Nassim and soon the two begin a strained relationship. But when Nassim, a writer, flees Syria for Germany, he gives Suleima the manuscript for his most recent novel, whose protagonist's life bears discomforting similarities to her own. Whose story is it? What is fact and what is fiction? Narrated in alternating chapters by Suleima and the mysterious woman in Nassim's novel, The Frightened Ones is a probing examination of life in Assad's Syria and the devastating effects of oppression on one's sense of identity"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Families > Fiction.
Individuality > Fiction.
Identity (Philosophical concept) > Fiction.
Manuscripts > Fiction.
Syria > History > Civil War, 2011- > Fiction.

  • Baker & Taylor
    "In her therapist's waiting room in Damascus, Suleima meets the strange and reticent Nassim and soon the two begin a strained relationship. But when Nassim, a writer, flees Syria for Germany, he gives Suleima the manuscript for his most recent novel, whose protagonist's life bears discomforting similarities to her own. Whose story is it? What is fact and what is fiction? Narrated in alternating chapters by Suleima and the mysterious woman in Nassim's novel, The Frightened Ones is a probing examination oflife in Assad's Syria and the devastating effects of oppression on one's sense of identity"--
  • Baker & Taylor
    Narrated in alternating chapters between a Damascus woman and the fictional character she inspired, a dual story traces Suleima's efforts to uncover her erstwhile lover's history through clues left in the chapters of his manuscript.
  • Random House, Inc.
    **Finalist for the 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction**

    A timely and haunting novel from an exciting new voice in international literature, set in present-day Syria


    In her therapist's waiting room in Damascus, Suleima meets a strange and reticent man named Naseem, and they soon begin a tense affair. But when Naseem, a writer, flees Syria for Germany, he sends Suleima the unfinished manuscript of his novel. To Suleima's surprise, she and the novel's protagonist are uncannily similar. As she reads, Suleima's past overwhelms her and she has no idea what to trust--Naseem's pages, her own memory, or nothing at all?
    Narrated in alternating chapters by Suleima and the mysterious woman portrayed in Naseem's novel, The Frightened Ones is a boundary-blurring, radical examination of the effects of oppression on one's sense of identity, the effects of collective trauma, and a moving window into life inside Assad's Syria.

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