Booker novels.. Salim Barakat deals with the different identities in “What about the Jewish lady Rachel?”


A novel about the Jewish woman Rachel by Salim Barakat deals with the teenage world of young boys belonging to different identities. The Kurdish boy “Kihat” falls in love with the Jewish girl “Lina” who lives in the Jewish neighborhood in the Syrian city of Qamishli, and Salim Barakat deals with the life of the Kurds in this context. , Armenians, and Jews in Syria.

It also presents a novel, What about the Jewish woman Rachel, a panorama of the Syrian situation in the days following the defeat of the Six-Day War in 1967, and reveals the police tyranny at the time, and about facilitating the immigration of Jews from the city of Qamishli, by smuggling them to Turkey and Lebanon, and from them to Cyprus, where they were distributed from there On Palestine, and America, in which many of them settled in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

What about the Jewish lady Rachel has been published? By the Syrian novelist Salim Barakat in 2019 for the Arab Institute for Studies and Publishing in Beirut, and it entered the long list of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for 2020, known as the “Arab Booker Prize”, but it did not complete its way to the short list.

Salim Barakat is a Syrian Kurdish novelist, poet and writer, born in 1951 in the village of Musisana, affiliated to the city of Amuda, in the countryside of Qamishli, Syria. He moved in 1970 to the capital, Damascus, to study Arabic literature, but it did not last more than a year. Mahmoud Darwish In 1999 he moved to Sweden.


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