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An Ishmael of Syria - Asaad Almohammad

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Adam is a tortured soul. Exiled from his homeland, forced to watch the horrors unfold from afar. His family, still living - or surviving - in war-torn Syria struggle daily to feed, clothe, and educate their children.

Adam tries to be a 'global citizen' and become a part of his new community in Malaysia, but is constantly faced with intolerance, bigotry, and plain old racism. Opportunities are few and Adam finds himself working long hours for poor pay so that he can help his family.

The increasingly distressing news bulletins, along with Adam's haunting childhood memories, compel him to examine his own beliefs; in God, in humanity, in himself and his integrity as a reluctant bystander in the worst human catastrophe of the twenty-first century.

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An Ishmael of Syria

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Adam is an academic, living in Malaysia and trying to scrape together a living. His family is still in Syria, and he can only watch news reports and wait desperately for news from home, hoping they are okay. He is poorly paid despite the work he does and the hours he puts in, but his really hasn't much choice - without the money he sends to his family they will have even less access to food, water, medicine. An Ishmael of Syria is both a wonderful character portrait, and gruelling, haunting, powerful account of the tragedies in Syria. Adam's father taught him that to think that life is or should be 'fair' is a childish notion. Adam is staunchly against the mindset of victimhood, which is, understandably, a recurring theme throughout the book. He is continually confronted with racism - towards others by his peers as well as towards himself by other groups - and he opposes this at every opportunity. He also opposes the stupidity and hypocrisy that is spouted by his Syrian friends in their support of the president. Despite his own strident voice against racism, Adam feels unsupported by Malay society; that being Syrian marks him as someone distasteful, and as someone who can be treated badly as his choices are very limited. As he agrees to the worst job offer he has ever heard, Adam is aware that he is breaching his own code of ethics and worries that he has entered a state of learned victimhood. But he knows he will do anything to help his family. While this is written as a novel, Adam's voice feels incredibly personal and authentic. It feels more like a personal recount than a novel. The despair, anger and heartbreak is utterly raw.

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ISBN: 9780997481501
ISBN-10: 0997481501
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 5th April 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.4

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