The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

by Alia Malek

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Alia Malek weaves a lyrical narrative around the history of her family's apartment building in the heart of Damascus, the many lives that crossed in the stairwell, and how the fates of her neighbors reflect the fate of her country.
At the Arab Spring's hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother's apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parent's decision to make their lives in America. In chronicling the people who lived in the Tahaan building, past and present, Alia portrays the Syrians--the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, and Kurds--who worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters, mirroring the political shifts in their country. Restoring her family's home as the country comes apart, she learns how to speak the coded language of oppression that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about Syria's future.

The Home That Was Our Country is a deeply researched, personal journey that shines a delicate but piercing light on Syrian history, society, and politics. Teeming with insights, the narrative weaves acute political analysis with a century of intimate family history, delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568585338
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 875,889
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Alia Malek is an award-winning journalist and civil rights lawyer. She is the author of A Country Called Amreeka and editor of Patriot Acts and EUROPA. Her reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Nation, and Christian Science Monitor, among others.

Table of Contents

Transliteration Note vii

Map of Syria viii

Dramatis Personae ix

Prologue: Leaving xiii

Part 1 Generations

1 Origins 3

2 Sheikha 28

3 Adrift 63

4 Pack Tour Bags and Go 83

5 Locked In 96

Part 2 Locked Out

6 Anywhere but Here 113

7 No-Man's Land 133

8 They Did It to Themselves 143

Part 3 In the Eye of the Belly

9 Return 167

10 Tahrir Squares 182

11 Psychodrame 198

12 Fatherland 209

13 In the Cards 223

14 Routine 236

15 Suspicion 252

16 Unraveling 276

17 Power 289

18 Displaced 300

19 Gone 309

Epilogue: Bound 314

Acknowledgments 325

Reading Guide 329

A Note on Sources 333

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