Thaer al-Nashef Describes Syrians' Woes in Three-Volume Novel

2020-09-15 | Since 1 Month

Thaer al-Nashef, a Syrian author who lives in Austria, wrote a new novel released by the Egyptian publishing house "Awraaq".

The 1,816-page book entitled "Masghaba" (Famine) is composed of three volumes that cover the same subject, and describe the daily incidents of around 200 leading and secondary characters that represent the entire Syrian specter.

The novel revolves around the two Syrian cities of Al-Zabadani and Madaya located at the foothills of the mountain range surrounding the Lebanese-Syrian border. It showcases the painful besiege of the two cities; the awful besiege which forced the residents to eat tree leaves, harmful herbs, and even cats and dogs to survive.


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They suffered from starvation, and many died after their weak skinny bodies collapsed, and their temperaments and desires changed.

The novel also depicts the fierce battles that took place between the foreign and local militias, which all participated in besieging the two mountain cities located in the countryside of Damascus near the Syrian-Lebanese border at the slopes of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains.

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