Rafik Schami

Milad has little luck in life until he meets a radiant fairy who promises him a fortune if he manages to eat his fill for twenty-one consecutive days. Not an easy task for one as poor as Milad. But from now on he has only one goal: to see this dazzling sprite again. He will accept any available job, which usually means he is either exploited or engaged in shady undertakings. Well, what choice does he have? He takes what he can get, with inevitable results. It is Milad who is tossed into jail, not the real villains. Ill-used, abused, and knocked around, he loses what little money he has left. Eight times he chances his luck, seven times he fails miserably. Only once can he pull off a coup, and indulge himself in luxury, spending almost twenty-one days in a brothel where he even wins the love of the most beautiful girl of all. Bad luck soon raises its familiar head, however, and Milad must hand everything over to a corrupt politician. Still, while there's life there's hope...

Schami tells his story with humour and caustic irony and, although he opts for the traditional fairytale form, illuminates it with many glimpses of the reality of his Syrian homeland.

Foreign Sales

Japan (Nishimura Shoten), Korea (CNC Media), France (Actes Sud)



Lennart Peters

Dieses Buch ist ein Feuerwerk an Gefühl und Tiefgründigkeit. Es ist zu einem meiner absolute Lieblingsbücher aufgestiegen. Wundervoll einfühlsam und lebendig geschrieben. Ein großartiges Buch

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