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Somar Shehadeh

Somar Shehadeh is a Syrian novelist. In 2017, he published his debut book Fields of Corn which was awarded the Tayeb Salih Award for Writing Creativity. Shehadeh's writing style, which captures human suffering in difficult circumstances, sets his novels apart.


His book Fields of Corn describes how the Syrian revolution was driven by the labouring people who had grown weary of an oppressive government for decades, but it also explores how the revolution veered off course and ended up as a toy in the hands of ruthless religious extremists and powerful individuals.


His novel The Abandonment is written in a style laden with references, where he dives deep into the psychological and human side of two families experiencing the violence of war, and two young men discovering passion and love in their lives.


In Yesterday's Houses, Karem and Nisreen take turns completing the arrangement of a painting with scattered pieces.

In January 2024, Shehadeh will publish his forthcoming novel Now My Life Begins at the Cairo International Book Fair.

Somar Shehadeh

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    Chasing Purpose, Finding Joy: Ambition Reimagined

    Ashraf Fagih and Somar Shehadeh gather for a conversation about the pitfalls of ambition and the importance of finding joy and purpose in life.

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    Shifting Perspectives: Reimagining Masculinity

    What makes a man? Three of the region’s foremost storytellers – Ahmed Abdullatif, Zahran Al Qasmi and Somar Shehadeh – gather for a sensitive and empowering conversation about notions of masculinity.

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