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The Storyteller of Damascus
Rafik Schami; illustrations by Peter Knorr

published 2018 8.5" x 11" • 48 pages • full-color throughout
ISBN 9781623719715 • hardback • $18.95


An old storyteller walks through the streets of Damascus and lets the children look into his wonder 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… as pictures inside the wonder box become old and start to fade away and are replaced with cutouts from recent advertisements.

A stunningly-illustrated children’s book filled with love, intrigue, courage, loyalty, and the sounds and smells of old Damascus.

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.

Peter Knorr is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer living in Nierstein am Rhein, Germany. He illustrated numerous award-winning children's books for various German publishers, including works by authors such as Erich Kästner, Kirsten Boie and Paul Maar. He is also an illustrator for the ZDF children's series “Siebenstein.” His work has been honored by the German Book Art Foundation.

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