Quotes by Rafik Schami

"why do our enemies shape us more than our friends?"

"Poverty smothers our dreams even before we have finished dreaming them."

"La pregunta es hija de la libertad."

"Bilim adamları yüzyıllar boyunca yalnızca insanların güldüğünü iddia etmiştir ve hayvanlar da bu yanılgıya katıla katıla gülmüştür. Hayvanlar yalnızca iki şeyi yapamaz: Kendilerine yalan söylemek ve bir banka kurmak; bunların dışında her şeyi yapmaya yetenekleri vardır."

"Anyone can listen to an exciting story; but a good listener is like a determined gold prospector patiently digging through the mud to find a little nugget of the prized metal."

Books by Rafik Schami

  • Damascus Nights
  • 1,300 ratings
  • August 1st 1995 by Touchstone Books

    (first published 1989)

  • Sarmada
  • 591 ratings
  • November 13th 2020 by dtv Verlagsgesellschaft

    (first published January 1st 2011)

Rafik Schami
  • Rafik Schami

  • Date of birth: June 23, 1946
  • Born: in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic.

  • Description: Born in Damascus, Syria in 1946, Rafik Schami (Arabic: رفيق شامي) is the son of a baker from an Arab-Christian (originally Aramaic) family. His schooling and university studies (diploma in chemistry) took place in Damascus. From 1965, Schami wrote stories in Arabic. From 1964-70 he was the co-founder and editor of the wall news-sheet Al-Muntalak (The Starting-Point) in the old quarter of the city. In 1971 Schami moved to Heidelberg and financed further studies by typical guest worker jobs (factories, building sites, restaurants). He earned his doctorate in chemistry in 1979 and began career in the chemical industry. In his spare time, he co-founded the literary group Südwind in 1980 and was part of the PoLiKunst movement. Schami became a full time author in 1982. He lives in Kirchheimbolanden with his Bavarian wife and son and he holds dual citizenship. Schami's books have been translated into 20 languages