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Tarif Youssef-Agha

13 June 2018

Tarif Youssef-Agha

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Tarif Youssef-Agha

Author

Tarif Youssef-Agha was born in Damascus, Syria in 1957. He started writing short stories and articles in his early years of elementary school and free style poetry in his college years.

He organized several poetry recital events in Houston in the years 2009 and 2010, glorifying the civilization, history and culture of his nation.

His latest book, Hearts, Tears and the Journey of Life, contains selected poems of Love, Lamenting and Meditation, Middle Eastern Style. It is his third book after A Journey around the Arab Spring Revolutions, and The Chronicles of the Syrian Revolution

HEARTS, TEARS & THE JOURNEY OF LIFE

Synopsis

This book takes you closer than ever to the Middle Eastern views of love, death, and life all through the eyes of a Syrian poet who lived his youth in the ancient capital city of Damascus. In the first section, he is exchanging words of love with pretty women who invaded his heart—giving joys or causing wounds. In the next one, he is shedding tears for beloved ones who were kidnapped by death, leaving deep, painful scars behind. And in the last one, he is trying to make sense of the endless mysteries of life, which will continue to be a puzzle forever.

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The Chronicles of the Syrian Revolution

Synopsis

This book is simply the memoir of the Syrian Revolution in its six-year journey, all through the eyes of a Syrian poet who lived his youth in the capital city of Damascus.

Beginning on the first Friday after the revolution started and every Friday thereafter, the Syrians made it a habit, taking to the streets to demonstrate against the regime. They also gave names to those Fridays to reflect the current events. The first one was the Friday of Dignity (3/18/11), then Friday of Glory (3/25/11), Friday of Martyrs (4/1/11), Friday of Withstanding (4/8/11), Friday of Insistence (4/15/11), and so on until today, which sums up to more than three hundred Fridays.

The author started firing poems in support of the revolution and also to document its events week after week for the next six years. He managed to translate almost half of them to put in this book. Listing the poems in order takes the reader on a journey throughout the ups and downs of the revolution and helps him to understand what happened, when, and why.

Since the author is antidictatorship and prodemocracy, his writings are not only full of fury and power, confidence, and hope, but also satire and wit, which characterize the people of that historic city.

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FROM THE DAILY LIFE OF A SYRIAN CITIZEN

Synopsis

Short Stories from Syria

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A Journey Around the Arab-Spring Revolutions

Synopsis

This book will take you on a Stunning Journey around the Arab Spring countries and tell you the stories of their Revolutions, all through the eyes of a Syrian poet who lived his youth there. He is anti dictatorship and pro democracy; that is why his writings are full of Fury and Power, Metaphor and Wit, but also Confidence and Hope. This book, simply, is a Poetic Chronicle of the Arab Spring Revolutions.

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