Yearning to Fly

Yearning to Fly

Rafik Schami

Why should Lutfi care about this Syrian village wedding that goes on for a week, with lots of people he doesn't know? After all, he's almost gone, on the doorstep of a new life. Time and again, he asks himself whether it will work out this time, whether he'll be able to stay in Frankfurt. Ten times he has entered the country with false papers, and ten times Jens Schlender, the policeman, caught him and sent him back to Damascus. But Lutfi always returns, ever since he discovered his love for the Frankfurt flea market and Molli who sells books there every Saturday.

To help the time pass more quickly, Lutfi makes friends with Barakat, the brother of the bride, telling him, night after night, the story of his childhood, his parents and his adventures in Germany – stories about love and hatred, concern and ill will, and the longing for a safe haven and security.


Foreign Sales

Israel (Schocken), Poland (Homini)

Yearning to Fly

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