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The Silence and the Roar A sobering allegory about the place of the individual artist in a repressive regime, drawing on the literary traditions of surrealism and absurdism The entire novel takes place within 24 hours one stiflingly hot Sunday Our irascible narrator is Fathi Sheen, a writer who was fired when he refused to shoehorn party publicity into his television programming Cooped up in his apartment, he complains of the heat, the light, and especially the noise There is a pro government march happening outsi A sobering allegory about the place of the individual artist in a repressive regime, drawing on the literary traditions of surrealism and absurdism The entire novel takes place within 24 hours one stiflingly hot Sunday Our irascible narrator is Fathi Sheen, a writer who was fired when he refused to shoehorn party publicity into his television programming Cooped up in his apartment, he complains of the heat, the light, and especially the noise There is a pro government march happening outside, and the propaganda in praise of the Leader has reached a deafening roar The title reflects the dissonance between this roar of the masses and the contemplative silence of the thinker Is it even possible to be an intellectual under authoritarian rule, when Any hint of individuality is a threat directed at the Leader s supremacy Sirees has been in exile in Egypt since 2012 his book, originally published in Arabic in 2004, was banned in his native Syria and has only recently been translated Full review in Winter 2014 issue of Wasafiri literary magazine This largely plotless, parable esque little novel is worth reading it s an effective evocation of a world that sounds like a dystopian satire until you set it alongside dispatches from Syria, when it suddenly starts to seembrightly optimistic than reality But while the narrator s voice is compelling and the sense of stifling heat, noise and bureaucracy shines through, it s unsatisfying as a novel, full of stagnant, sketched out characters and unresolved plot points. published in its original arabic some seven years before the syrian civil war began in 2011, the silence and the roar al samt wal sakhabis the first work of the exiled aleppo born novelist and screenwriter to appear in english nihad sirees left syria in january of 2012 after being watched and followed by syrian security services acclaimed for his novels particularly the north winds , as well as for his television series, the silk market, sirees had previously incurred the wrath of govern published in its original arabic some seven years before the syrian civil war began in 2011, the silence and the roar al samt wal sakhabis the first work of the exiled aleppo born novelist and screenwriter to appear in english nihad sirees left syria in january of 2012 after being watched and followed by syrian security services acclaimed for his novels particularly the north winds , as well as for his television series, the silk market, sirees had previously incurred the wrath of government censors.presaging much of the unrest that would come to and continues to garner international attention, the silence and the roar is the satirical tale of a youngish author, fathi, standing in opposition to the government forces of an unnamed country considered to be sirees s syrian homeland as the city descends into state sponsored celebration of its despotic leader with a capital L , a compassionate gesture on fathi s part leads him into a bureaucratic nightmare not unlike something out of a kafka story though far funnier when his own family gets entangled into the ruling party s plans, fathi must decide for himself how willing he is to forgo his combativeness and toe the line 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 tranquility can incite a person to think, it is essential to drag out the masses to these roaring marches every once in a while to brainwash them and keep them from committing the crime of thought while perhaps not as arresting as similar tales from exiled writers, the silence and the roar is, nonetheless, an excellent work that offers, rather than a mere litany of incomprehensible abuses and affronts, an absorbing story about one man s courage and dignity in the face of overwhelming injustice and nefarious governmental plotting as captivating and well paced as the plot is, however, siree s novel would have likely benefited from an additional 50 or 100 pages especially with so fantastically conceived a protagonist as fathi funny, poignant, though never heavy handed, the silence and the roar isn t so much about speaking truth to power, as it is having the audacity to undermine said power s own inherent absurdity and impotence.from the author s afterword i believe that love and peace are the right way to confront tyranny thus i wrote this novel about the dictator whose opponents cannot find any other way to stand up to him but through love and laughter it is with love that the hero of the story acquires the strength to stand up and confront silence with laughter that he tears off the frightening halo with which the dictator has surrounded himself, and then dares to confront his minions.there is another kind of roar that this author never thought the leader would ever be capable of using the roar of artillery, tanks and fighter jets that have already opened fire on syrian cities the leader is leveling cities and using lethal force against his own people in order to hold on to power we must ask, alongside the characters in this novel what kind of surrealism is this as i present my novel to the english reader, my heart is agonizingly heavy about what is happening in syria, my homeland translated from the arabic by max weiss I am silent after reading this book Nihad Sirees wrote an afterword in 2012 decrying the violence that had broken out in his native Syria He himself went into exile the same year There is another kind of roar that this author never thought would ever be capable of using the roar of artillery, tanks and fighter jets that have already opened fire on Syrian cities That was eight years ago I am stunned into silence In countries ruled by people obsessed with supremacy, authoritarians and thos I am silent after reading this book Nihad Sirees wrote an afterword in 2012 decrying the violence that had broken out in his native Syria He himself went into exile the same year There is another kind of roar that this author never thought would ever be capable of using the roar of artillery, tanks and fighter jets that have already opened fire on Syrian cities That was eight years ago I am stunned into silence In countries ruled by people obsessed with supremacy, authoritarians and those who are crazed by power, the ruler or the leader imposes silence upon all those who dare to think outside the prevailing norm Silence can be the muffling of one s voice or the banning of one s publication The silence and the roar Does one cancel out the other Can they coexist in a futile war of words Lack of words Making sense of the roar Making sense of the silence What can we do Laugh Crack some jokes Stand your ground Be silent Maybe I think the scariest part of this book are the rallies, the leader who is constantly giving speeches and then watching the rallies His vanity is fueled by his own lust for vanity Gosh, does this remind me of a certain leader s today And the people lap it all up The propaganda twists reality It becomes surreal, as Fathi, the main character utters The underlying message is scary I am scared Silent As with many of the reviews which I am writing of late, I chose to include Nihad Sirees The Silence and the Roar on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge list The novel, which is written by an exiled Syrian author, is set in an unnamed dictatorship, which resembles that of Syria The lovely as ever Pushkin Press edition which I purchased has been translated from its original Arabic by Max Weiss.The Independent on Sunday declares The Silence and the Roar Profound and topical a chillin As with many of the reviews which I am writing of late, I chose to include Nihad Sirees The Silence and the Roar on my Around the World in 80 Books challenge list The novel, which is written by an exiled Syrian author, is set in an unnamed dictatorship, which resembles that of Syria The lovely as ever Pushkin Press edition which I purchased has been translated from its original Arabic by Max Weiss.The Independent on Sunday declares The Silence and the Roar Profound and topical a chilling portrait of a people whose lives are dominated by fear The novella s central character is Fathi Sheen, a writer who is no longer permitted to write In its opening couple of chapters, he decides to pass against the mandatory participants of parades for the unnamed dictator, which are taking place all over the city on this particular Sunday Of these, he observes Looking down at the corner where the two streets intersect, I saw a remarkable scene Both streets were packed with crowds that undulated and surged as hundreds of pictures of the Leader fluttered over the heads of the masses like waves on the sea Upon leaving his flat, he plans to visit first his mother, and then his girlfriend, Lama Such an act, and his lack of participation in the parade, marks him out as an individual so a traitor Fathi is troubled many issues which he faces stem from his place as almost a pariah in society, unable to work at the craft which he loves His days begin to lose shape, and he alters greatly due to the conditions which he is forced to live with In the bathroom I took stock of what I did yesterday For some time I have been suffering from unhappiness and self loathing because I don t actually do much of anything Yesterday was like the day before and like the day before that and like any day months earlier I don t do anything anyI don t write I don t read I don t even think The Silence and the Roar is a diurnal novella, which takes place on one single stifling Sunday Sirees descriptions of the city and its heat are sensuous, and one can almost feel the searing of their skin as they are taken around the city by Fathi His narrative voice is measured and intelligent, and gives us potted histories of other characters whom he comes across as the book goes on On the whole however, despite some wonderfully vivid descriptions, the prose was a little too matter of fact for my particular taste.The blurb states that The Silence and the Roar is a personal, urgent, funny and aggrieved novel It asks what it means to have a conscience, or to laugh, or to endure in a time of the violence, strangeness and roar of tyranny Whilst some very current, issues are explored here, the lack of distinct setting did feel a little distancing I respect what Sirees was trying to do here, in demonstrating that such dictatorships can occur all over the world, but I do feel as though it made the whole feel rather impersonal The fictional aspect of it made it lose some of the horror and tension which I believe it would have had had it been directly about Syria.Sirees also shows how little has really changed in those parts of the world which are forced to live under such conditions, originally published as it was in 2004 The Silence and the Roar was written several years before the Syrian conflict began, but there are many echoes of the destruction and fear to come within its pages As a social document, it is both important and fascinating Regardless, The Silence and the Roar did not quite have the impact which I was expecting Liked the story Through narrative, the writer disguises characters fear of retribution for individual thinking and for not joining mass rallies out in support for the unnamed Leader Another disguise of fear is the main character Fathi s laughter and love, along with his mother Ratiba s and his lover Lama s The grandiosity of the political regime in the omnipresence of the Leader s portraits, of his speeches, and of the military march music on buildings and television seems exaggerated and F Liked the story Through narrative, the writer disguises characters fear of retribution for individual thinking and for not joining mass rallies out in support for the unnamed Leader Another disguise of fear is the main character Fathi s laughter and love, along with his mother Ratiba s and his lover Lama s The grandiosity of the political regime in the omnipresence of the Leader s portraits, of his speeches, and of the military march music on buildings and television seems exaggerated and Fathi s laughable response to the theatrical like security officials does also In fact, Fathi and a disgruntled comrade describe the pervasiveness of the regime and the effects of its dictates as Surrealism Possible discussion questions about this story What is meant by the Silence by the Roar Do writers and intellectuals provide guidance in a totalitarian society How do love and laughter help Fathi and his family and lover ease the stress of tyranny Which choice at the end of the novel would you advise to Fathi In summary, the constant presence of tyranny and fear is disguised by the loudly enthusiastic masses, by the examples of random irreverence and the hidden extremes of punishment, and by Fathi s precarious safety net as a needed propagandist Therefore, the surreal narrative stays light above the hinted menace Available In English For The First Time, The Silence And The Roar Is A Funny, Sexy, Dystopian Novel About The Struggle Of An Individual Over Tyranny The Silence And The Roar Follows A Day In The Life Of Fathi Sheen, An Author Banned From Publishing Because He Refuses To Write Propaganda For The Ruling Government The Entire Populace Has Mobilized To Celebrate The Twenty Year Anniversary Of The Reigning Despot In This Unnamed Middle Eastern Country The Heat Is Oppressive And Loudspeakers Blare As An Endless Parade Takes Over The Streets Desperate To Get Away From The Noise And The Zombie Like Masses, Fathi Leaves His House To Visit His Mother And His Girlfriend, But En Route Stops To Help A Student Who Is Being Beaten By The Police Fathi S ID Papers Are Confiscated And He Is Told To Report To The Police Station Before Night Falls When Fathi Turns Himself In, He Is Led From One Department To Another In An Ever Widening Bureaucratic Labyrinth His Only Weapon Against The Irrationality Of The Government Employees Is His Sense Of Irony Tinged With A Kafkaesque Sense Of The Absurd, The Silence And The Roar Explores What It Means To Be Truly Free In Mind And Body In the afterword of this book, Nihad Sirees, asks Is it possible for the silence and the roar to co exist Going on to state that The answer is most certainly yes, that in countries ruled by people obsessed with supremacy, authoritarians and those who are crazed by power, the ruler or leader imposes silence upon all those who dare to think outside the prevailing norm Silence can be the muffling of one s voice or the banning of one s publication, or it can be the silence of a prison cell or t In the afterword of this book, Nihad Sirees, asks Is it possible for the silence and the roar to co exist Going on to state that The answer is most certainly yes, that in countries ruled by people obsessed with supremacy, authoritarians and those who are crazed by power, the ruler or leader imposes silence upon all those who dare to think outside the prevailing norm Silence can be the muffling of one s voice or the banning of one s publication, or it can be the silence of a prison cell or the grave The roar afflicts Fathi, the protagonist of this book from the moment he wakes and follows him throughout his day, it is in the voice of the hordes chanting their support in some spontaneously orchestrated marches celebrating the leader, it s the leader, or his underlings, calling from the Television and the Radio and the TV crews filming it all for the leader to watch at his pleasure It s in the casting aside of classical Arabic music and replacing it with martial sounds It is also in the stomp of the boot as it comes crashing down upon some individual deemed a traitor for not marching.Silence can also be wisdom when all talk is praise for the Leader, as Fathi s girlfriend says as he lays in her arms relishing the quiet sanctuary of their love.The Silence and the Roar follows Fathi, a writer no longer allowed to write, as he makes his way across town to visit his girlfriend and his mother on the twentieth anniversary of some undisclosed leader Along the way he meets various characters all trying to make sense of the chaos Fathi, although silenced, still seems to command respect and this doesn t sit well with the leader or his cronies.It seems that Fathi s own silence is not enough, the government wantsThey want total acquiescence, they want his unconditional and public approval and are quite happy to use any means or anyone to get it At one point Fathi describes all that is going on in his country as surrealist, but you quickly realise that farce is just as accurate a description of the world contained within the pages of this book Somehow Nihad Sirees, has taken all the horror, anger, injustice and sheer terror of a brutal regime and created this slight, slender novel that is funny, in fact totally hilarious, although the anger is still there, still burning.It says on the back cover that The Silence and the Roar is a personal, urgent funny and aggrieved novel It asks what it means to have a conscience, or to laugh, or to endure in a time of violence, strangeness and roar of tyranny This is a true statement and one that the writer is constantly seeking to answer, in the afterword, in the last passage Nihad, states that There is another kind of roar that this author never thought the leader would ever be capable of using the roar of artillery, tanks, and fighter jets that have already opened fire on Syrian cities The leader is levelling cities and using lethal force against his own people in order to hold on to power We must ask, alongside the characters in this novel what kind of Surrealism is this This well written novel by Syrian author Nihad Sirees conveys what life is like in a country ruled an oppressive totalitarian regime His storytelling is compelling, as the reader follows a day in the life of a writer, who clearly has a lot in common with the author , who has been banned by the government for his critical writing Sirees has written a number of plays and tv series and this is evident in his writing In fact this novel would make a good movie I wishpeople in the West woul This well written novel by Syrian author Nihad Sirees conveys what life is like in a country ruled an oppressive totalitarian regime His storytelling is compelling, as the reader follows a day in the life of a writer, who clearly has a lot in common with the author , who has been banned by the government for his critical writing Sirees has written a number of plays and tv series and this is evident in his writing In fact this novel would make a good movie I wishpeople in the West would read books like this so they might have an idea of what people in other parts of the world live with I must add that I had this book for awhile, but kept putting off reading it because I thought it would be too depressing While the subject matter is not light, this novel is quite readable and even rather humorous It makes one realize and appreciate how people manage to cope with an atrocious situation I would have given this book a 4 or 5 star rating, as the story was enthralling, inportant, and moving and the characters were so real and captivating, however there was too much sexuality for my personal liking, hence 3 stars I get that the sexuality was an important componant and and that the whole point was that Fathi was fighting the roar of a dictatorship with love, but I still really didn t enjoy reading the sexual parts.


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About the Author: Nihad Sirees

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