The Frightened Ones

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Knopf Publishing Group
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5.9 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.92 pounds
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About the Author

DIMA WANNOUS is a Syrian writer and translator who studied French literature at Damascus University and the Sorbonne. The Frightened Ones is her first work to be published in English. She is also the author of a short-story collection, Details (2007), and the novel The Chair (2008). She was named as one of the Beirut 39, a group of top Arab writers under the age of forty.


"The Frightened Ones eloquently locates the crux of the Syrian experience, during a time of brutal repression. In this brilliant novel, Dima Wannous tells us the story of the revolution through the voices of two women . . . With its economy of language, this captivating novel leaves us astounded by the ability of literature to create beauty amidst pain."
--Elias Khoury

"A complex tale of revolution, displacement, delusional love and the psychoanalyst's couch, The Frightened Ones explores the psychological fallout from living under a brutal dictatorship in a bitterly riven society. It deploys dreams and Freudian interpretation in the context of a police state where torture is an instrument of control, and fear is anything but irrational . . . [Wannous] can write powerfully and subtly . . . It is most memorable in surreal details and glancing tales . . . The novel's quiet hero [is] strangely reminiscent of Dr. Rieux in Camus's The Plague."
--Maya Jaggi, The Guardian

"An exploration of how fear changes the human psyche."
--M Lynx Qualey, The National (Abu Dhabi)