Fadi Azzam

Fadi Azzam

Fadi Azzam, an influential Syrian journalist and author, has left a significant mark on Arabic literature. Born in 1973 in Sweida, Southern Syria, he moved to Damascus and graduated from Damascus University in 1998. Azzam contributed to Arab newspapers and magazines from 2007 to 2009, focusing on arts and culture for Al-Quds Al-Arabi. His career also spans visual media, encompassing documentary films and animation.

Post-1998, Fadi Azzam started his career, writing articles for Arabic newspapers and magazines, sometimes for free. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a cultural and artistic correspondent for Al-Quds Al-Arabi. In 2010, Azzam ventured into publishing and authorship, releasing “Thahtaniat” and then his novel “Sarmada” in 2011. “Sarmada” elevated his fame, being longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2012 and translated into multiple languages.

Fadi Azzam: Master of Metaphysical Narratives and Chronicler of Syrian Realities

In “Sarmada,” Azzam weaves a tale of dual existences: one past and one present. The story begins in Paris, where Ravi Azmi from Sarmada meets Azza Tawfiq, a Sorbonne quantum mechanics professor. She recounts her previous life and tragic end in Sarmada, prompting Ravi’s investigation into the town’s past. Azzam masterfully blends reality with the metaphysical in his narrative.

Other significant works by Azzam include “A Journey to the Graves of Three Poets: Arthur Rimbaud, Franz Kafka, Fernando Pessoa” (2016), and “Beit Hudud” (2017), which narrates the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011 through a tale of forbidden love.

In 2018, Azzam published “The Commandments,” exploring the concept of parents bestowing commandments on their children. This book reflects Azzam’s perspective on liberating rather than constraining through commandments.

Azzam admits finding beginnings easy but endings challenging in his writing. He critiques the misrepresentation of demonstrations and revolutions, lamenting the distortion of narratives in the Syrian conflict. He also remarks on Syria’s literary void over the past fifty years and the ongoing struggle for narrative control. His key publications include “Sarmada” (translated into English in 2011), “A Journey to the Graves of Three Poets,” “Beit Hudud,” and “The Commandments.”

Books Written by Fadi Azzam