No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

Publishing House: The American University in Cairo Press

Publication Year: 2016

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 225

In the once-vibrant city of Aleppo, a Syrian family spirals into despair and ruin. Left by her husband, the mother labors to raise her children single-handedly. Her daughter Sawsan veers between militias, the ruling party, and religion, searching fruitlessly for redemption. Tragically, they all find themselves suffocating in a haze of brutality and decay, their lives pillaged and dreams shattered by the oppressive Assad regime.

Spanning from the 1960s to the early 2000s, “No Knives in the Kitchens of this City” offers an eloquent and poignant portrayal of existence under authoritarian rule. Through the lens of one family’s disintegration, the novel captures the unraveling of an entire society over the course of five decades. It serves as a somber meditation on sorrow, fear, and the extinguishing of beauty.

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