Byline: Clare Colvin
THE ROAD FROM DAMASCUS by Robin Yassin-Kassab (Hamish Hamilton)
THIS ambitious debut novel is an eye-opener on what it is like to be a Muslimin Britain post 9/11.
Yassin-Kassab, born in London to a Syrian father and English mother, has as hisprotagonist one Sami Traifi, born in Britain to Syrian parents.
Sami, a 31-year-old academic, returns to Damascus to research a thesis for hisunending doctorate.
There, he gets a hostile reception from his relatives, who reveal that hisuncle had been betrayed to the Syrian authorities and was broken by 22 years oftorture in jail. Sami, like his father, has rejected his Muslim …
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Publication information: Article title: New Fiction. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: June 20, 2008. Page number: 45. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.