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Roundabout of Death

(2021)
A novel by

 
 
A powerful and beautiful Syrian novel set in Aleppo during the early days of the civil war that followed the Arab Spring.

The central character who observes and lives through the literal disintegration and pulverising of his beautiful native city, Aleppo, is a schoolteacher. Through his eyes, in a mixture of first and third person narration, we experience the razing of entire neighbourhoods, the apparently random dropping of barrel bombs, the bewildering variety of militias and government security forces loyal to Assad, the arbitrary cruelties and the complicated journeys that people have to make simply to cross the city.

The title refers to a notorious crossing point between sections of the city held by different factions.

Roundabout of Death offers powerful witness to the violence that obliterated the ancient city's rich layers of history, its neighbourhoods and medieval and Ottoman landmarks. Aleppo was home to Arabs, Armenians, Kurds, Christians and other sects. The war tore those communities apart and made their city a wasteland.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Some books stand as monuments to wars from which they arise. This is one of those books." - Elliot Ackerman

"A masterful distillation of one of the great tragedies of the twenty-first century, as stripped of artifice and sentimentality as it is undergirded with insight and empathy. Roundabout of Death is essential reading." - Dan Mayland


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January 2022 : Hardback
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Title: Roundabout of Death
Author(s): Faysal Khartash
ISBN: 1-80110-726-2 / 978-1-80110-726-6
Publisher: Apollo
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May 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Roundabout of Death
Author(s): Faysal Khartash
ISBN: 1-939931-92-4 / 978-1-939931-92-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Vessel Press
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October 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Roundabout of Death
Author(s): Faysal Khartash
ISBN: 1-66652-058-6 / 978-1-66652-058-3 (USA edition)
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October 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Roundabout of Death
Author(s): Faysal Khartash
ISBN: 1-66652-123-X / 978-1-66652-123-8 (USA edition)
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January 2022 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Roundabout of Death
Author(s): Faysal Khartash
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Title: Roundabout of Death
Author(s): Faysal Khartash
Publisher: New Vessel Press
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