EXPANDED 2016 EDITION – “My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis”
This 2016 third edition has two extra chapters added at the end, bringing the crisis up to date and describing my return to Damascus to re-take the house from greedy and unscrupulous war profiteers who had stolen it, on the assumption that I would never return. It was unquestionably the most exciting two weeks of my life, and it was a miracle that I succeeded, against all the odds.
A unique perspective on the ongoing Syrian crisis with a deep understanding of the complexities of Syria’s society
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(The Daily Mail MUST READS, 12 May 2016)
(The Economist 20 February 2016, Damascus Love Story)
(Hurriyet Daily News 12 September 2015 ‘My House in Damascus’ aims to humanise Syria’s tragic situation)
(‘Surely among the best and most sensitive of the hundreds published since the Syrian war erupted’ 10 September 2015)
“How one woman’s luxury Damascus villa became a refugee camp”, “..moving, powerful new book”
http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1423819.ece ” echoing … Lawrence Durrell’s Bitter Lemons… written with the pace of a novel and the colour of the best travel writing… a learned encyclopedia of Syrian history, of the Arabs and their language and traditions, of Islamic art and architecture, and more”.
https://www.facebook.com/hauspublishing Review in The Tablet, “written with honesty, wit and affection”.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-House-Damascus-Inside-Syrian/dp/190832399X (36 five-star reviews)
Diana Darke is a fluent Arabic speaker and has specialised in the Middle East for over 30 years. The owner of an old
courtyard house within the walls of Old Damascus, she is well known as an authority on Syria and has written for the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the
Guardian, the Financial Times and the BBC. Diana Darke is the author of several guides to Syria and Eastern Turkey.
How did Syria’s revolution lose its way? This book provides a human context to the revolution, explains the realities on the ground inside the country and why Syria was always going to be different to other ‘Arab-Spring’ countries. Woven into the story of buying and restoring an ancient courtyard house in the heart of Old Damascus, are layer upon layer of Syrian history, philosophy, art and architecture, the accumulation of the author’s years of meticulous research and academic study. The richness and diversity of Syrian society are explored, while its natural creativity and humour are revealed through its characters. In them lies the message of hope for a better future, as these are the strengths that will endure and help lead Syria forward though its current crisis.
A proportion of proceeds (15%) will be donated to a special fund for Syrian Higher Education administered by the Said Foundation: