Don’t tell the horse

Mamdouh Azzam

Mamdouh Adwan




After twenty years of work, Salem finishes his service in the gendarme’s cavalry and returns to his home and family in Deir al-Qarn, bringing with him the only companion who has stayed with him for all those years: his horse. Family members have mixed feelings towards this guest, who will now be part of the family. The storytelling chains take place between the five children and the mother, and as they rotate, they weave stories and build worlds. In this novel, Mamdouh Azzam writes, in a new and different way from his previous novels, a tale about a simple family living its tranquility and fear, its surrender and rejection, its peace and struggles, to move within us endless questions and reflections, while freedom writes in its broad sense the chapter of the end.

Mamdouh Azzam is a Syrian novelist. His most celebrated and controversial novel is The Palace of Rain, a powerful and daring treatment of taboos in the conservative Druze religion and community. His novel Ascension to Death was translated into English and French, and was adapted into an acclaimed film in 1995.