Books by Rafik Schami

THE STORYTELLER OF DAMASCUS by Rafik Schami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A writing, translation, and illustration masterpiece. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A highly humorous book about tradition in changing times, bravery, and love, imported from Germany. Read full book review >
SOPHIA by Rafik Schami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2018

"An impressive, overwhelming story of love, loss, and nostalgia written from an exile's perspective."
Can a mother's intervention save her son, falsely accused of murder and on the run in their home city of Damascus? In this hybrid novel—part thriller, part panorama of a troubled land—a Syrian-born German writer explores the characters, clans, culture, and emotions of his nation of origin. Read full book review >
A HAND FULL OF STARS by Rafik Schami
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 22, 2012

"A crystalline window into the many-faceted world of the Middle East. (Fiction. 12-16)"
First published in 1987 in Germany (where Schami now lives), an award-winning novel in the form of the journal of an unnamed boy growing up in Schami's native Damascus. Read full book review >
THE CALLIGRAPHER'S SECRET by Rafik Schami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"An engaging, rich, deceptively revelatory if lengthy insight into Syrian society."
Affectionate, insightful, tangential tales of life in 1950s Damascus enfold the central story of a mismatched marriage and a runaway wife. Read full book review >
THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE by Rafik Schami
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2009

"A rewarding and beautifully written, if blood-soaked, tale."
Romeo and Juliet meets Arturo Pérez-Reverte and John le Carré in the dusty streets of Damascus in this novel from Syrian-born Schami, a bestselling author in his adopted homeland of Germany. Read full book review >
FATIMA AND THE DREAM THIEF by Rafik Schami
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A visual treat with a gutsy heroine at its center. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The wealthy lord of a castle strikes a peculiar deal with a desperately poor boy, Hassan. Read full book review >
THE CROW WHO STOOD ON HIS BEAK by Rafik Schami
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Energetic illustrations feature an ebulliently resourceful hero, but the many messages are confusing: This is, all at once, a story about the struggles of a single parent, the sin of pride, and a reminder to be true to one's self. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A celebration of one who dares to be different, with some discordant notes along the way. Read full book review >
DAMASCUS NIGHTS by Rafik Schami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The magic of the various tales is undermined when the speakers revert to their ordinary selves—but the moments when the spell holds are binding indeed."
Damascus-born, Germany-based children's writer Schami delivers an occasionally charming but more often unmoving tale of Arabian nights and a determined effort to help a master yarnspinner regain his lost ability to speak. Read full book review >