Ghada Samman: Mosaic of Memory

  • Riad Ismat
Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)


Ghada Samman is a unique example of an avant-garde female author from the Arab world; her cross-cultural fame was earned through translating her work into a dozen languages or so. Samman started her literary career in her hometown of Damascus in the early 1960s, publishing short stories in local Syrian and Lebanese press.


  1. Aranout, Abdellatif; Ghada Samman’s Cultural and Creative Journey (in Arabic); Published by Arab Scientific Publishers, Beirut, 2016.Google Scholar
  2. Arnaout, Abdellatif, Ghada Samman: The Creative Writer in Arabic Culture (in Arabic); Damascus, 2016.Google Scholar
  3. Ismat, Riad; The Sound and The Echo: Studies in Syrian Short Story; (1st edition) Dar al-Taliaa, Beirut, 1979; (2nd edition) The Syrian Commission for Book Publishing, Damascus, 2012 (A chapter is dedicated to Ghada Samman writings in Arabic language).Google Scholar
  4. Shukri, Ghali; Ghada Samman Without Wings (in Arabic); Beirut, 1990.Google Scholar

Some of Ghada Samman’s Books in English:

  1. Samman, Ghada; Beirut 75, a Novel, translated by Nancy Roberts (originally published in Arabic in 1975).Google Scholar
  2. Samman, Ghada; Beirut Nightmares, a Novel, Quartet Books (originally published in Arabic in 1976).Google Scholar
  3. Samman, Ghada; The Night of the First Billion, a Novel, translated into English by Nancy Roberts; Syracuse University Press, 2005.Google Scholar
  4. Samman, Ghada; Farewell Damascus, an Autobiographical Novel, Darf Publishers, UK, translated into English byNancy Roberts, 2017 (Titled in Arabic: The Impossible Novel: Damascene Mosaic).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riad Ismat
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  1. 1.Buffett Institute for Global StudiesNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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