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The Silence and the Roar

by Nihad Sirees

The action of this short novel takes place during 24 hours in an unnamed Muslim country (Syria) with a totalitarian government. Amid the heat, the noise and the violence a writer, now out of favour with the regime, has to make a momentous decision. Translated from the Arabic, there are some touches of humour in life under the beloved 'Leader'. Interesting, enlightening and atmospheric.

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The roar produced by the chants and the megaphones eliminates thought. Thought is retribution, a crime, treason against the leader. And insofar as calm and tranquillity can incite a person to think, it is essential to drag out the masses to these roaring marches every once in a while in order to brainwash them and keep them from committing the crime of thought.
Translated by Max Weiss

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