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Rafik Schami

Syria (b.1946)

Born in Syria in 1946, Schami is the son of a baker from a Syriac-Christian family. After attending a monastery boarding school in Lebanon, he studied chemistry, mathematics, and physics in Damascus. In 1970, left Syria for Lebanon to evade censorship and the military draft; the following year, he moved to Germany. There, Schami continued his studies in chemistry while working odd jobs, obtaining a doctorate in 1979.
Non fiction
Damascus (2005) (with Marie Fadel)
Anthologies containing stories by Rafik Schami
Short stories
The Storyteller (1993)