A House in Damascus - Before the Fall by Brian Stoddart

By Brian Stoddart

As Syria confronts an doubtful destiny, a home in Damascus seeks to stability the Western view with the lives and perspectives of the typical humans dwelling within the world’s oldest carrying on with capital urban

Drawn from the author's reviews taking place instantly sooner than the 2011-2012 social and political upheaval, each one tale lines the previous urban of Damascus and its people's current throughout the prior, shooting the common human aspect frequently lacking from the strategic and political money owed.

Brian Stoddart is an Emeritus Professor of l. a. Trobe college in Melbourne. proficient as a social historian, he now works as a world better schooling reform advisor in nations resembling Lao PDR, Cambodia, Jordan and Syria.

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Up off a landing was the bathroom, again tiny, and on the final level two bedrooms renovated in uninspiring fashion. It was a quick fix to hit the market—at a price. The owner was asking SYP 125,000, about $2,800 per month at that stage, so almost $100 per day. Given that a boutique hotel would match that rate long term, it was no deal. Moreover, it prompted unsettling concerns about what other properties might be like, and just how much this enterprise was really going to cost. Next morning's offering was even better, said the agent—presumably a grand palace—but at lower price.

Reluctantly, it was a "no". By now there was one choice left, and one day left to decide. The agent set out from his shop, near where Quemariye takes a small shimmy down towards the back of the Mosque, and set off up the gentle slope heading towards Straight Street. He turned right into a narrower lane down past Jabri House, the most famous of Old City restaurants. On the left were some antique shops. By now heading towards the souk, he turned sharply into a very narrow laneway with steps leading up, the walls of the houses on either side leaning towards each other.

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