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The Pianist of Yarmouk

The Pianist of Yarmouk

One morning on the outskirts of Damascus, two starving friends are walking through their desolate city and come across a familiar street that has been turned to rubble, concrete bridges towering above them like tombs and houses turned inside out. Aeham turns to the only comfort h... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780241347515
Barcode 9780241347515
Published 2 April 2019 by Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Ahmad, Aeham
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ISBN-13 9780241347515
ISBN-10 0241347513
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Michael Joseph Ltd
Publication Date 2 April 2019
International Publication Date 26 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ahmad, Aeham
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Terrorism, Freedom Fighters, Armed Struggle
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 351g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 956.91440423092
Catalogue Code 957006

Description of this Book

One morning on the outskirts of Damascus, two starving friends are walking through their desolate city and come across a familiar street that has been turned to rubble, concrete bridges towering above them like tombs and houses turned inside out. Aeham turns to the only comfort he has left and sits at his piano to play a song of hope to his fellow Syrians. It is a song that will reach far beyond the streets of his home and carry consequences he could never have dreamed of. This tender and poetic account of Aeham's experiences, from losing his city, friends and family to leaving his country and finding safety, will move readers with raw and candid emotion. This is a gripping portrait of a man's search for solace and of a country that has been fiercely torn apart.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review An epic story * RTE Guide *

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Author's Bio

Aeham Ahmad, born in Damascus in 1988, grew up in Yarmouk, a suburb of Damascus. From the age of four his father encouraged his musical talent and at seven he received piano lessons at the Arab Institute in Damascus. He later studied music education in Homs and worked as a music teacher. In 2015 he fled to Germany because of the war in Syria. Today he lives with his family in Wiesbaden and gives concerts all over Europe. In December 2015, Ahmad was awarded the International Beethoven Prize for Human Rights. This is his first book.

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