Matthew McNaught

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Yarmouk Miniatures

Yarmouk Miniatures

Saadallah Wannous and the War on Stories

The signs of a dictatorship—the presidential portraits, the leather-jacketed security men, the off-limits areas of conversation—were impossible to ignore. But my Syrian friends seemed bright, open-minded, and irreverent. None of them resembled cowed, brainwashed subjects of a totalitarian state.

Yarmouk Miniatures

Yarmouk Miniatures

Saadallah Wannous and the War on Stories

The signs of a dictatorship—the presidential portraits, the leather-jacketed security men, the off-limits areas of conversation—were impossible to ignore. But my Syrian friends seemed bright, open-minded, and irreverent. None of them resembled cowed, brainwashed subjects of a totalitarian state.