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Story collection “When I decided to kill my wife” sheds light on suffering due to terrorism

The story collection “When I decided to kill my wife” is  the early work of the writer Kifah Razzouk. . Its short stories shed light on the methods of conspiracies and terrorism that Syria was exposed to, based on the reality he lived in,in his hometown in Idlib countryside.He  compared what the homeland provided to its sons to the crimes of terrorism.

The story collection that  that the author titled “When I decided to kill my wife” tells in detail what the author, his wife and some women were subjected to in terms of being pursued by terrorists and attempts to kidnap and attack homes where the women preferred to die rather than being kidnapped by terrorist organizations.


The author, Razzouk, in his other story, “The Cry of al- Mukhtar”, sheds light on contradictory social situations, the most dangerous of which are selfishness and self-love, indicating that no country can advance except through love, truth-telling and social solidarity.

While the story of “Gifts wrapped with curses” criticized many flaws and made many observations and combined the style of the story and the novel.

The story of “The jar” monitored the parents' disappointment with their children after their great fatigue with them, the shock of disappointment and the yielding of some sons to the conspirators and leaving their families to suffer.

The 202-page story collection issued by Dar Al-Balad in Sweida presents a realistic approach to storytelling and draws inspiration from reality to reveal it in front of a person who is able to reject negative behaviors and believe that the homeland is for all its children.


Inas Abdulkareem