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The Storyteller of Damascus

Illustrated by Peter Knorr
Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

An authentic taste of the old Damascene tradition of storytelling that will inspire children’s imagination. An old storyteller roams through the old quarter of Damascus. For only one piaster, he offers to show the children the wonders of the world. The children look through the peepholes of his magic box, which he carries on his back from one neighborhood to the next. There they see and hear the love story of Sami, the shepherd boy, and the beautiful Leyla. But over time, the story changes… pictures inside the wonder box become old and start to fade away, replaced by cutouts from recent advertisements. A stunningly-illustrated children’s book filled with love, intrigue, courage, loyalty, and the sounds and smells of old Damascus.

About The Author

Rafik Schami was born in Damascus in 1946, went to Germany in 1971 to study, and stayed on to become a leading German novelist and a pivotal figure in the European migrant literature movement. His novels have been translated into 22 languages and have received numerous international literary awards including the Hermann Hesse Prize. His translated works published by Interlink include Damascus Nights, The Calligrapher’s Secret, A Hand Full of Stars, Sophia, and The Dark Side of Love, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a 2010 Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (November 27, 2018)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623719715
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"I have to admit: when I first saw this book, I thought it was just going to be an illustrated version of an old story, the sort that we keep around because we have some nostalgia for it but it wasn't going to be exciting enough for "kids these days.?? Butlike the kids in the story itselfI was in for a surprise ' [It] celebrates the power of good storytelling ' a good story can enchant us and take us on a magical journey.

"A highly humorous book about tradition in changing times, bravery, and love ' A writing, translation, and illustration masterpiece. (Picture book. 8-12).

"Rich, detailed art by Knorr showcases the story's marked evolution and the storyteller's magical box as Schami invites readers to explore the power of storytelling and change in this artful picture book. Ages 6-9?

"You will want to share the story with many readers!"

"Like a play of life with highly dramatic, poetic, as well as funny scenes; greatly translated into images."

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