“Sentenced to Hope” …Finally in English

Yes, you were right “We are sentenced to hope”, more than two decades after ­Wannous’s death, his plays retain their ability to surprise and connect with audiences.  

It was March 1996 when the first Arab author was invited to give the World Theatre Day address. While Saadallah Wannous’s message was read out on stages around the world, the renowned Syrian playwright was fighting cancer. He died the following year, aged 56.

The raven says: “Love runs like a rabbit and separation walks like a turtle; this is how children tell the story”

Actually this is how Basem Suliman a Syrian writer and poet tell us his own stories, carrying our souls toward a wonderland that is full of animals but does not resemble “Alice in Wonderland”. He explains that his “use of animals and animal activities is a metaphor for considering animals as a cultural datum, whereas typically humans are the only source of cultural evidence.” 

Even using the word “Raven” as a penname is clear testimony of his philosophy as regarding animals as a source of inspiration and a projection of human experience. Many references to ravens exist in world lore and literature. Because of its black plumage, croaking call and diet of carrion, the raven is often associated with loss and ill omen. Yet its symbolism is complex. As a talking bird, the raven also represents prophecy and insight. Ravens in stories often act as psychopomps, connecting the material world with the world of spirits

More than 280 books published by the Syrian General Book Authority

Damascus, ST- Since the beginning of the year, the Syrian General Book Authority  has issued 282 books in the fields of literature, arts, translation, children's literature, research and political thought, as well as participating in 17 exhibitions in various governorates.

As part of the Authority’s preparations to develop a work strategy for the coming year that would achieve further development at the level of the periodicals issued by it and the directorates affiliated with it, its board of directors held a meeting yesterday headed by Dr. Thaer Zainuddin, Director General of the Book Authority.

Symposium on Anderson's books about Syria and the Resistance Axis

Al-Sham Private University held a symposium on Australian writer Tim Anderson's books "The Dirty War on Syria" and "The Axis of the Resistance". Anderson, who is a teacher of Political Sciences at Sydney University, said that he supported his books with authentically-documented information about the history of Syria, the axis of the resistance, the role of media war against Syria and the attempts made by some Western states to disseminate lies and distort facts about what was going on in Syria.

Children's Book Fair opens its second session with the participation of 21 publishing houses

 On December 2, the Ministry of Culture opened the Children's Book Fair’s second session under the title of ‘Reading Ups Minds’ at Al-Assad National Library.

21 publishing houses from Syria, Lebanon and Iran participated in the 10-day exhibition, which includes more than 9000 titles distributed on 28 pavilions.

The Exhibition includes books and publications for children, accompanied by artistic, literary and musical events and workshops held daily at Al-Assad National Library.

The Minister of Culture Mohammed Al-Ahmad said:

“One of the Ministry's concerns is the child’s  as children will build the future and enhance Syria’s culture and civilizational role.”

Minister of Education Emad Al-A’zab said: “This exhibition has a cultural and intellectual content and supports our students through the development of their intellectual and mental abilities.”