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“ A Global Anthology of Short Stories “ Translation issued by Syrian General Organization of Books

Within the framework of the National Translation Project 2021 launched by the ministry of culture , the Syrian General Organization  of Books has recently issued a translation of  “ A Global Anthology of Short Stories”  by  more than 40 prominent authors representing  many countries and different literary schools.  

These stories deal  with a variety of topics  and represent various literary styles  including the gothic,  classic ,  mysterious, social and to some extent terrifying. Some of  these stories,  which are almost as close as mini-movies, have dominant in them the suspense element that attracts the reader without feeling bored so  he lives  the events  moment by moment.

National Library of Aleppo reopened after restoration works completed

The National Library of Aleppo has regained its brightness and role as a key edifice of knowledge in Syria after the rehabilitation and restoration works to fix the damage caused to this library because of terrorism have been completed.

Director of the Library Mohammad Hijazi told SANA reporter that the library has been the most important ancient cultural edifice in the city of Aleppo where writers, poets, thinkers and university students used to spend long hours of their time to get knowledge, enjoy reading and do research works.

According to Hijazi, the library was first established in the Khan Al-Jumruk area in the 1920s. Its first director was the historian Kamel Al-Ghazzi. In 1935, a decision was made to build this library in its present location in the old city. The foundation stone was laid to the library in 1937 and the building process was completed in 1945. The library’s first director in this location was the renowned Syrian poet Omar Abu Risheh.

“When the Cactus Fights” a novel that documents the patriotism and brave sacrifices of Syrian Arab Army

The Syria Arab Army is the fortress of the homeland in the face of aggression . It has undermined systematic terrorism and its regional and international backers. Thanks to its sacrifices and heroism, the Syrian Arab Army soldiers have proven to the whole world that they are an integrated example to be followed in nationalism and sacrifice.

  Each  hero  of the Syrian Arab Army  has  his own memories  embedded  with rich human details about the brave and honorable battles he  fought during the nine-year brutal war on Syria. Some of the Syrian Army soldiers  were martyred, some of them lost part of their  bodies  to the homeland, some were considered missing while  some of them took their  freedom from the harshness of terrorism, so that they all turned into legends that history will preserve.

The achievements and sacrifices of Syrian  soldiers in the war have been transformed into a literary creativity and documentary  project  for generations by  “the Blog of War”  issued by the Ministry of Culture.

  The novel “When the Cactus Fights” by the fighter writer Eng.  Ali Esper  is the second issuance  by the Blog of War after the novel “The Day of the Martyrs Rise .. The Journey of Self to Self”  by Suhaila Al-Ajji, the mother of the martyr Bunyan, one of the martyrs of “Al-Kindi”  Hospital garrison in Aleppo.

A new book highlights the magnificence of “Shamal” ... an ancient Syrian Aramaic kingdom

The Aramean kingdoms in Syria , mainly  “ Shamal” in the far northwest of Syria, have  given  this land a unique identity that characterized  all the civilizations that followed it because of its richness and comprehensiveness.   

In his new book titled “Shamal.. an ancient Syrian Aramaic Kingdom 1000-722 BC” the researcher Dr. Abbas Faraj devotes his book  to introduce  this kingdom  in addition to  its cultural achievements, especially since it is almost unknown to the public of readers. 

Faraj begins his book , issued by the Syrian General Authority for Books,by explaining that the word  “Shamal” was named  according to the most favorable opinion of the Amorites, who are the nations  that  inhabited the metropolitan areas of Mesopotamia and the Levant, because it is  located in the northern side according to them.

He  indicated  that its  geographical location led to the prosperity of economic life and it excelled in the field of agriculture, specifically by cultivating wheat, barley and olives.  “Shamal”  was also famous for spinning the fabric, as evidenced by the pride of one of the kings of “Shamal”, called (Kilamowa), who  clothed his people with silk.

A new book highlights Ugarit as a model of integrated civilization

With the participation of a number of researchers, translators and critics, a symposium was held  at the Cultural Center in Abu Rummaneh in Damascus to review  the  researcher Dr.  Eyad Yunes’s new book  entitled “The Economy of the Mediterranean in the Fourteenth and Thirteenth Centuries BC .. The Kingdom of Ugarit as a Model”. 

The author of the book Dr. Yunes told SANA  that economic researches  in the field of ancient historical studies are emerging due to the interest of most historians in what is known as political history, whose events focus on  the ruling personality at a time when most of the economic life of ancient civilized societies remains in limbo.

He pointed out that his book concentrated on studying the reality of a nation  that  achieved  an integrated civilization despite its difficult geographical nature .