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A House in Damascus - Before the Fall by Brian Stoddart

By Brian Stoddart

As Syria confronts an doubtful destiny, a home in Damascus seeks to stability the Western view with the lives and perspectives of the standard humans residing within the world’s oldest carrying on with capital urban

Drawn from the author's stories taking place instantly earlier than the 2011-2012 social and political upheaval, every one tale strains the previous urban of Damascus and its people's current in the course of the previous, taking pictures the common human point usually lacking from the strategic and political debts.

Brian Stoddart is an Emeritus Professor of l. a. Trobe collage in Melbourne. knowledgeable as a social historian, he now works as a global better schooling reform advisor in nations comparable to Lao PDR, Cambodia, Jordan and Syria.

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A ladder, not the wooden one, gave access to the roof, a dusty patio featuring the water tank. It was clear, the stars were out, and the backdrop was the slope of Mount Qassioun with the lights of its suburbs and mosques standing out clearly. And squarely in the foreground ran the south wall of the great Umayyad Mosque with the Minaret of Qait Bey at the far end, the Dome of the Eagles in the middle and, closest, the Jesus Minaret, all three lit and glimmering. It seemed touchable. This house came with a presence.

What was this? The brown wooden door in a lime washed lemon-coloured wall opened—into a serene, picturesque, elegant space with a fountain in the middle surrounded by wooden tables bearing plates of fruit and a breakfast out of Gourmet Traveller: olives, flat bread, hommus, yoghurt, several different cheeses that obviously included haloumi, pastries, and several other things yet to be identified. And there was the smell of coffee. For once, the booking engine-identified boutique hotel outmatched its online promise.

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