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Schami, Rafik 1946-

Works: 399 works in 1,711 publications in 11 languages and 12,588 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  Diaries  History  Political fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Interviews  Autobiographies  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Creator, Contributor, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Translator, Honoree, Arranger, Performer
Classifications: PT2680.A448, 833.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Rafik Schami
Damascus nights by Rafik Schami( Book )

89 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upon this enchanting frame of tales told in the fragrant Arabian night, Rafik Schami weaves a strikingly original, sophisticated, and contemporary novel. For this is Damascus, 1959: the words of the past are growing fainter; ancient customs are yielding to modern turmoil. As the hairdresser, the teacher, the wife of the locksmith sip their tea and pass the waterpipe, they trade stories not just about djinns and princesses but also about some unlovely trends in Middle Eastern politics and the insurmountable difficulties of bargaining in a New York department store. And as one tale leads to another ... and another ... all of Damascus appears before our eyes, along with a vision of storytelling - and talk - as the essence of friendship, of community, of life
The calligrapher's secret by Rafik Schami( Book )

57 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even as a young man, Hamid Farsi is acclaimed as a master of the art of calligraphy. But as time goes by, he sees that weakness in the Arabic language and its script limit its uses in the modern world. In a secret society, he works out schemes for radical reform, never guessing what risks he is running
The dark side of love by Rafik Schami( Book )

71 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dead man hangs from the portal of St. Paul's Chapel in Damascus. He was a Muslim officer and he was murdered. But when Detective Barudi sets out to interrogate the man's mysterious widow, the Secret Service takes the case away from him. Barudi continues to investigate clandestinely and discovers the murderers motive: it is a blood feud between the Mushtak and Shahin clans, reaching back to the beginnings of the 20th century. And, linked to it, a love story that can have no happy ending
A woman in the crossfire : diaries of the Syrian revolution by Samar Yazbik( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is a devastating and personal account of the ongoing uprising in Syria from a prominent Syrian journalist now in hiding. The author, a well known novelist and journalist from the coastal city of Jableh, has witnessed the first four months of the uprising first hand and actively participated in a variety of public actions and budding social movements. Throughout this period she kept a diary of personal reflections on, and observations of, this historic time. Because of the outspoken views she published in print and online, she quickly attracted the attention and fury of the regime, and vicious rumours started to spread about her disloyalty to the homeland and to the Alawite community that she belongs to. This narrative weaves together her independent struggle to protect herself and her young daughter even as her activism propels her into a daunting labyrinth of insecurity after she is forced from her home into living on the run and detained multiple times, expelled from the Alawite community and repudiated by her family, her hometown and even her childhood friends. With empathy and journalistic rigour she began to compile oral testimonies from ordinary Syrians, both as a means of documenting contemporary history and as a way for her to better understand the forces that contributed to the outbreak of the uprising. Filled with snapshots of exhilarating hope and horrifying atrocities, she offers us a unique perspective on the Syrian uprising. Hers is a modest yet powerful testament to the strength and commitment of countless unnamed, individual Syrians who have united to fight for their freedom. These diaries will inspire all those who read them and challenge the world to look anew at the trials and tribulations of the Syrian uprising
Fatima and the dream thief by Rafik Schami( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fatima accepts the challenge to work for the mean-tempered lord of the castle who steals the dreams of anyone who becomes angry with him
Albert & Lila by Rafik Schami( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert, the only white pig on the farm, and Lila, a chicken too old to lay eggs, suffer the ridicule of their fellow animals until they join forces and defeat a hungry fox who comes to call. Once there was a farm where many pigs and many chickens lived in cordial but distant contentment. They were all very polite to each other, but no pig ever played with a chicken and no chicken ever played with a pig. Not, that is, until Albert meets Lila. Both are outcasts: Albert ridiculed because he is the only white pig on the farm and Lila exiled from the henhouse because she is too old to lay eggs. Naturally, the other animals shake their heads over this odd couple. But Albert and Lila don't care. They're having too much fun together. And when they come up with a cunning plan to outwit the fox, they transform the farm into a safe and happy haven filled with friendship and fun for all
Sophia oder Der Anfang aller Geschichten Roman by Rafik Schami( Book )

19 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In seinem großen neuen Roman erzählt Rafik Schami von der Macht der Liebe. Von einer Liebe, die Mut und Tapferkeit gibt, die verjüngt und die Leben retten kann. Als Mädchen ist Sophia heftig in Karim verliebt, doch zum Ehemann nimmt sie nicht ihn, sondern einen reichen Goldschmied. Als Karim allerdings einige Jahre später unschuldig unter Mordverdacht gerät, rettet sie ihm das Leben. Wann immer sie ihn braucht, verspricht er, wird er ihr künftig beistehen. Viele Jahre vergehen. Sophias einziger Sohn Salman ist nach Italien emigriert, wo er es zu Glück und Wohlstand gebracht hat. Doch die Wunde des Exils schmerzt, und deshalb beschließt er kurz vor dem Arabischen Frühling nach Damaskus zu reisen, um seine alten Eltern wiederzusehen. Überall wird er herzlich begrüßt, nur sein Cousin Elias, inzwischen ein hoher Geheimdienstoffizier, hat noch eine Rechnung mit ihm offen. Plötzlich entdeckt Salman sein Fahndungsfoto in der Zeitung und muss untertauchen. Seine Mutter Sophia aber erinnert sich an ihren Freund Karim, der im Alter noch eine neue Liebe gefunden hat. Jetzt wird sich zeigen, ob er sein Versprechen einlösen kann
Alberto y Lila by Rafik Schami( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert, the only white pig on the farm, and Lila, a chicken too old to lay eggs, suffer the ridicule of their fellow animals until they join forces and defeat a hungry fox who comes to call
Der ehrliche Lügner Roman von tausendundeiner Lüge by Rafik Schami( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 2016 in German and Undetermined and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Was war, was geschieht, was sein wird, wer weiß es? In den Erinnerungen von Sadik, dem Geschichtenerzähler, mischen sich seine Geschichten mit dem Leben der alten Stadt Morgana. Mit dem Schicksal von 93 Onkeln und Tanten und anderen Bewohnern des Viertels. Sadik erinnert sich an Onkel Gibral, der nie ein Wort sagte. An den Circus India, der mit seinen Tieren eines Tages nach Morgana kam. Und an seine Liebe zu Mala, der Seiltänzerin, die ihn zum Erzähler machte
The crow who stood on his beak by Rafik Schami( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in German and English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An adventurous little crow goes in search of the magnificent peacock, and, upon meeting him, manages to humble the peacock and endear himself to the other birds
Der Wunderkasten ; Konig tutnux und zauberin willwas by Rafik Schami( )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ein alter Mann zieht mit einem Wunderguckkasten durch die Strassen von Damaskus. Als die Kinder ihr Interesse an den alten Bildstreifen verlieren, erzählt er fortan die Geschichten selbst.(ab 8)
Die Sehnsucht der Schwalbe by Rafik Schami( Book )

29 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in German and Undetermined and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Syrer Lutfi, Gast einer 7-tägigen arabischen Hochzeit, erzählt aus seinem Leben: Die Geschichte einer aufregenden Kindheit zwischen Damaskus und Frankfurt und seiner Liebe zu der deutschen Molli, die er mit gefälschten Papieren besuchte und wie er wiederholt abgeschoben wurde
C'est même pas un perroquet! by Rafik Schami( Book )

27 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louise est la seule à avoir deviné pourquoi le perroquet que ses parents viennent d'acheter refuse de parler : ce n'est pas un perroquet! Mais le problème, c'est que certains parents n'écoutent pas ce que disent leurs enfants
Wie ich Papa die Angst vor Fremden nahm by Rafik Schami( Book )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sélection lab-elle : album attentif aux potentiels féminins et à la représentation des genres
Die Sehnsucht fährt schwarz : Geschichten aus der Fremde by Rafik Schami( Book )

37 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in German and English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reise zwischen Nacht und Morgen by Rafik Schami( Book )

37 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ein ganzer Zirkus, schon etwas betagt, aber mit noch immer blendenden Nummern, reist von Deutschland in den Orient, weil ein reicher arabischer Gönner vor seinem nahenden Tod den Zirkuschef und Freund wiedersehen möchte
Der Geheime Bericht über den Dichter Goethe, der eine Prüfung auf einer arabischen Insel bestand by Rafik Schami( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in German and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (Jugenderzählung)
Milad : von einem, der auszog, um einundzwanzig Tage satt zu werden by Rafik Schami( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in German and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dem armen Aramäer Milad wird von einer schönen Fee ein Schatz versprochen, falls er es schafft, 3 Wochen lang satt zu werden. Um sein Ziel zu erreichen, stürzt Milad sich von einem Abenteuer ins Nächste
Damascus : taste of a city by Marie Fadel( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Describing the colourful scenes of the old town, Marie Fadel strolls through her native Damascus in order to describe this 'Queen of the Orient' and to collect recipes to send to her brother, Rafik"--Global Books in Print
Die Frau, die ihren Mann auf dem Flohmarkt verkaufte, oder, Wie ich zum Erzähler wurde by Rafik Schami( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in German and Undetermined and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In seinem neuesten Buch sammelt Schami Geschichten aus seiner Kindheit in Damaskus, die ihn zum Erzählen brachten, Geschichten die er gehört oder selbst erlebt hat. Dazwischen ausführliche Betrachtungen über das Märchen, Ursprünge, Verbreitung, Traditionen und Erzählen der Märchen
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The calligrapher's secret
Alternative Names
Fadél, Suheil, 1946-

Fāḍil, Suhajl, 1946-

La fei ke Sha mi 1946-

Lafeike-Shami 1946-

Rafik Sami 1946-

Rafik Schami

Rafik Schami 1946-

Rafik Schami Duits schrijver

Rafik Schami escriptor alemany

Rafik Schami escritor alemán

Rafik Schami escrivan alemand

Rafik Schami German writer

Rafik Schami syrisch-deutscher Schriftsteller und promovierter Chemiker

Rafik Schami tysk författare

Rafik Schami tysk skribent

Rafīq Šāmī

Šámí, Rafíg, 1946-

Šami, Rafik 1946-

Šāmī, Rafīq 1946-

Sami, Raphik 1946-

Schami, Rafik

Schami, Rafiq

Shami, Lafeike 1946-

Shami, Rafiḳ 1946-

Shami, Rafiku 1946-

Shami, Rafiq, 1946-

Shami, Rafuka 1946-

Shiyami, Rafuiku 1946-

Suhail Fāḍil

Шами, Рафик

רפיק שאמי

שאמי, רפיק 1946-

שאמי, רפיק 6491־

رفيق شامي

رفیق شامی نویسنده آلمانی

شامي، رفيق، 1946-

فاضل، سهيل

இறபீக் சாமி

샤미, 라피크 1946-

샤미, 라픽 1946-

シャミ, ラフィク


ラフィク・シャミ 1946-

German (396)

English (72)

Spanish (26)

French (16)

Italian (11)

Russian (5)

Dutch (5)

Chinese (3)

Catalan (3)

Polish (1)

Korean (1)

The calligrapher's secretThe dark side of loveFatima and the dream thiefAlbert & LilaAlberto y LilaThe crow who stood on his beakDie Sehnsucht der SchwalbeReise zwischen Nacht und MorgenDamascus : taste of a city