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The storyteller

Ahmad Danny Ramadan’s first novel examines issues of pain and masculinity arising out of the ongoing Syrian conflict

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The Clothesline Swing

Ahmad Danny Ramadan

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WITH NEARLY half a million Syrians dead and an estimated 10 million internally and globally displaced since the start of the country’s civil war in 2011, it’s no wonder that Ahmad Danny Ramadan’s The Clothesline Swing should feature Death himself as a living, breathing, jointsmoking character. This debut novel from the Vancouver-based Syrian writer (see profile, p. 6) reads as many things – a coming-out memoir, a history lesson, a critique of authoritarianism, a narrative about sharing narratives – but above all, it’s a requiem for a dying country and people.

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