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I Don't Want to Talk About Home

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ISBN: 9781781620625
AuthorAldarra, Suad
Pub Date14/07/2022
BindingTrade PB
Pages320
Quick overview 'I carry my troubled homeland within me; I hide it like a crime.'
€17.80

Growing up in deeply conservative Saudi Arabia, Suad Aldarra felt stifled. The daughter of Syrian parents, she railed against the extreme strictures placed on women in Saudi society at the time and the rising prejudice her family faced as migrants. When the opportunity arose to study software engineering at Damascus University, she jumped at the chance to move to the city she loved for a degree of freedom she'd never known.

But when the war started, everything changed. Suddenly Suad and her new husband Housam were thrown into a world of relentless pressure and fled to post-Arab Spring Egypt. Suad's degree in engineering was the saving grace that allowed her to travel to Ireland on a working visa.

Yet reaching safety came at a price... I Don't Want to Talk About Home is not a memoir about war and destruction. It's not about camps or boats.

It's about the enduring love for a home that ceased to exist and how to build a life out of the rubble. With great warmth and insight, Suad writes about those left behind paper borders, the sacrifices made, and the parts of yourself you lose and find when integrating into a new world.

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Growing up in deeply conservative Saudi Arabia, Suad Aldarra felt stifled. The daughter of Syrian parents, she railed against the extreme strictures placed on women in Saudi society at the time and the rising prejudice her family faced as migrants. When the opportunity arose to study software engineering at Damascus University, she jumped at the chance to move to the city she loved for a degree of freedom she'd never known.

But when the war started, everything changed. Suddenly Suad and her new husband Housam were thrown into a world of relentless pressure and fled to post-Arab Spring Egypt. Suad's degree in engineering was the saving grace that allowed her to travel to Ireland on a working visa.

Yet reaching safety came at a price... I Don't Want to Talk About Home is not a memoir about war and destruction. It's not about camps or boats.

It's about the enduring love for a home that ceased to exist and how to build a life out of the rubble. With great warmth and insight, Suad writes about those left behind paper borders, the sacrifices made, and the parts of yourself you lose and find when integrating into a new world.

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