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The Pianist of Yarmouk
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The Pianist of Yarmouk (Hardback)

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The moving story of one young man's struggle to find peace during war, and the power of music to bring hope to a desperate nation.



'Aeham Ahmad is a talented and brave man of peace. Please read his book and pass it on to anyone who doesn't know or understand the plight of today's refugee' Stanley Tucci



BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week'

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A man, a piano, a Syrian street under siege . . .



One morning on the outskirts of war-torn Damascus, a starving man stumbles through a once familiar street - now just piles of rubble. Everything he once knew has been destroyed by famine and war.



In despair he turns to his only comfort and joy, music, and pushes his piano into the street and begins to play. He plays of love and hope, he plays for his family and for his fellow Syrians. He plays even though he knows he could be killed for doing so.



As word of his act of defiance spreads around the world, he becomes a beacon of hope and even resistance. Yet he fears for his wife and children, his elderly parents. And he is right to be scared, because the more he plays, the more he and his family are drawn into danger.



Finally he is forced to make a terrible choice - between staying and waiting to die, or saving himself, but this would mean abandoning his family . . .



Aeham Ahmad's spellbinding and uplifting true story tells of the triumph of love and hope, of the incredible bonds of family, and the healing power of music in even the very darkest of places.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryBiographyMemoirsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activismTerrorism, armed struggleHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyMiddle Eastern historyTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 21/03/2019 ISBN-13: 9780241347508  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Aeham Ahmad, born in Damascus in 1988, grew up in Yarmouk, a suburb of Damascus. From the age of four onwards his father encouraged his musical talent and at seven he received piano lessons at the Arab Institute in Damascus. He later studied music education in Homs and worked as a music teacher. In 2015 he was forced to flee to Germany because of the war in Syria. Today he lives with his family in Wiesbaden and gives concerts all over Europe. In December 2015, Ahmad was awarded the International Beethoven Prize for Human Rights. This is his first book.

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