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Sarmada

by Fadi Azzam - £10.99  Arabia Books Ltd (2011)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781906697341 | ISBN 10: 1906697345

Three women struggle against the forces of society, family, and passion in a small Druze village in the south of Syria as the country itself struggles against the forces of the Ottoman Empire, the French Empire, and then the Baath.
 
The village of Sarmada is an enchanting place, but the people who live there donít much notice it. To them, the transmigrating souls, potions, soothsayers,and animals in the rocky wasteland are all part of the landscape. They live in a world of possibility, but that openness only goes so far. Druze women are expected to marry a Druze man, settle down, and have children, and thereís no forgiving those who step out of line. And yet some brave souls still do. Some women risk their lives to follow their hearts and Sarmada is their story.

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