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The Pianist of Yarmouk
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A powerful, moving account of life in Damascus, and a story of how the power of music can unite people in the face conflict.

About the Author

Aeham Ahmad, born in Damascus in 1988, grew up in Yarmouk, a suburb of Damascus. From the age of four 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 fled 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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Ahmad has created a moving and visceral account of conflict, hope and the power of music * Hannah Beckerman, Observer *
An epic story * RTE Guide *
Suddenly opened a hidden door to reality * The Sunday Times *
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 refugees * Stanley Tucci *

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