The Clothesline Swing
by Ahmad Danny Ramadan
The Clothesline Swing is a journey through the troublesome aftermath of the Arab Spring. A former Syrian refugee himself, Ramadan unveils an enthralling tale of courage that weaves through the mountains of Syria, the valleys of Lebanon, the encircling seas of Turkey, the heat of Egypt and finally, the hope of a new home in Canada.
Inspired by Arabian Tales of One Thousand and One Nights, The Clothesline Swing tells the epic story of two lovers anchored to the memory of a dying Syria. One is a Hakawati, a storyteller, keeping life in forward motion by relaying remembered fables to his dying partner. Each night he weaves stories of his childhood in Damascus, of the cruelty he has endured for his sexuality, of leaving home, of war, of his fated meeting with his lover. Meanwhile Death himself, in his dark cloak, shares the house with the two men, eavesdropping on their secrets as he awaits their final undoing.
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and LGBTQ-refugees activist.
Since his arrival to Canada as a refugee, Ramadan published his debut novel, The Clothesline Swing. He is currently working on his next novel, The Foghorn Echoes, and a collection of short fiction, The Syrian Survival Notebook. His children's book, Salma the Syrian Chef, published by Annick Press, is to be released in 2020.
He was named among the Top Immigrants to Canada 2017, won the Social Activist StandOut Award, and the Independent Publishers Book Award for LGBTQ fiction among others.
He is currently finishing his Masters in Fine Arts - Creative Writing at UBC and lives with his husband-in-training in Vancouver.
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