In Praise of Hatred

In Praise of Hatred

Publishing House: Black Swan

Publication Year: 2013

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 320

Set in Syria during the 1980s, In Praise of Hatred story, is narrated by a young woman cloistered within the fragrant sanctuary of her grandparents’ expansive home in Aleppo.

Raised by her three diverse aunts—Maryam, the devout; Safaa, the progressive; and Marwa, the free spirit—she is also cared for by their loyal blind servant.

However, the protective walls of her home are no match for the societal and political upheaval brewing outside. As she observes the regime’s brutal crackdown on Muslim dissidents, she becomes increasingly radicalized.

Following in the footsteps of her revered Uncle Bakr, she joins the opposition, committing herself to a struggle for her faith, her homeland, and her destiny.

Situated against the backdrop of the Syrian government’s brutal suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood during the ’80s, IN PRAISE OF HATRED is a poignant, sensual narrative. Its masterful utilization of traditional, multi-layered storytelling reverberates as a potent commentary on the contemporary tragedies unfolding in the Middle East.

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