The Clothesline Swing
Ahmad Danny Ramadan
A multi award-winning tale of love and courage, picked by the Independent as one of the 30 Best Debut Novels of 2019.
Inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, Ahmad Danny Ramadan’s innovative and poetic debut novel tells the story of two lovers anchored to the memory of a dying Syria. One is Hakawati, the storyteller, keeping life in forward motion by relaying remembered fables and incidents from their youth to his dying partner. Each night he spins stories of a Damascus childhood, of leaving home, of persecution and hardship, and of his fated meeting with his lover. Meanwhile, Death himself, in his dark cloak, shares the house with the two men, eavesdropping on their secrets as he awaits their final undoing.
‘A remarkable read. Danny Ramadan opens a world for his readers and guides them through it with sensitivity and suspense.’ Bernhard Schlink, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Reader
’A resistance manifesto coded with love.’ Diriye Osman, 2014 Polari Prize Winner
2 May 2019 | £12.99 | Demy Paperback with Flaps