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Prepare to be transported to the magical old city of Damascus. The 7th story from our Al Hakawati series is from the brilliantly witty author and journalist Brigid Keenan. Brigid reads, 'Lady Damascus', a piece she wrote for a complication: 'Syria: Through Writers Eyes', published by Eland Books in 2006. Having lived in Damascus for six years with her husband in the 1990’s, Brigid tells how she fell ‘in love with a whole city because of one house'. It was the exact moment of visiting this particular house, that opened her eyes to the 'glittering beauty' of Damascus, ‘rather than viewing it as a tourist'. Whether you have been lucky enough to wander Damascus’ streets or not, this story will take you straight there; through her exquisite descriptions Brigid conjures the Old City; its buildings and its people, in all its beguiling splendour.
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