Sabriya: Damascus Bitter Sweet

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Quartet, 1995 - Arabic fiction - 233 pages
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Sabriya portrays life in Damascus in the 1920's. Central to the story is Sabriya's journey to self-knowledge, intertwined with the rise and eclipse of national and feminist awareness during her painful life. The national revolt is crushed by superior foreign power and Sabriya's personal emancipation is stifled by the traditional values of a patriarchal society. Written from the point of view of a young girl passionately committed to the nationalist cause but unable, because of her sex, to take an active part, it seethes with the frustrated energy of the reluctant bystander and vividly expresses the terror of civilians living in a city rocked nightly by explosions.

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User Review  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

A sad story told in lovely, spare prose: a woman living in Syria in the 1920s - 1940s finds her life caged and ultimately ruined by imperialism, war, political corruption, and especially gender ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Sabriya ($29.95; paper $12.95; May 13, 1997; 248 pp.; 1-56656-219-8; paper 1-56656-254-6): Syria in the 1920s is the focus of this accomplished 1980 novel, which takes the form of a journal left ... Read full review


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