Books shelved as ghada-al-samman: ختم الذاكرة بالشمع الأحمر by غادة السمان, كوابيس بيروت by غادة السمان, عيناك قدري by غادة السمان, رسائل الحنين إلى اليا. Ghada Al Samman is the author of Ghada Al Samman Kawabis Beirut ( avg rating, 5 ratings, 0 reviews, published ) and Haribah Min Manba’ Al Shams. Biography: Writer and novelist Ghada Samman (غادة سمان) was born in al-Shamiya in Syria in Her primary schooling was at the French.

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Ghada Al Samman

Nevertheless, she soon was confronted with the conservative Damascene society in which she was raised and lived her early years. She refuses any invitations for TV interviews since she had a bad experience when she was interviewed in Cairo and found out that the interviewer had not read any of her works.

She moved to Beirut in where she studied and graduated from the American University of Beirut. Ghada was a strong willed girl and to antagonize her father who insisted that she study science and become a doctor, she switched her focus after completing her baccalaureate in science, and studied English literature. Essays and other writings: At that time, she had no father or husband to care for and no family to care for her.

Her later publications took her out of the tight range of feminine and love novels to much wider social, feminist and philosophical extents.

Ghada Al Samman

However, she was lumped at the time with other traditional feminine writers. She has published collections of short stories, essays, poetry, and interviews as well as ghadaa novels. Non official website of the writer GhadaAlSamman. She has also written a few criticism books and translated some of her works to several worldwide languages.


In she caused a scene in the literary and political arenas when she published a collection of love letters written to her by Ghassan Kanafani in the sixties when she had a love affair with him, which was no secret at the time. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Her father was fond of both Western literature and Arabic literature ; this influenced her deeply and gave her a unique style that combines attributes of both.

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Her writing focused on issues concerning Arab women and Arab nationalism. This page was last edited on 10 Octoberat ArabicEnglish, French. The articles she wrote during that period became the source of some of her later publications. Finally she settled in Beirut, because Beirut represented for her an oasis of Arab freedom.

The first three are a trilogy based on the experience of the civil war in Lebanon, immigration, nationalism, and exile during the Israeli invasion Honest and outspoken in her opinions, she founded her own publishing company in order to continue to write her opinions uncensored.

She graduated from the Syrian University in with a BA in English Literature and left to Beirut to earn her master’s degree in Theatre from American University of Beirut ; since ghads she had not returned to Damascus. Early on she learned to enjoy financial independence: Samman is considered a feminist writer WordPress. Among her many writing, beginning in with her first collection of short stories, are titles translated from Arabic: Samman has as many critics as she has fans, sammman she takes the comments in stride and continues to write about beliefs and view points that most writers refuse to touch through her works of fiction.


She spent many years as a single woman, living and working in various Arab and European countries. This is when Samman became a strong advocate for liberty and self-expression for all people, but especially women. It is believed that some of her letters may reveal some information about some prominent Palestinian writers and poets during the s, of the people her name was linked with are: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ghada has been living in Paris since the mids and regularly writes in an Arabic magazine published in London. She was deeply influenced by him since her mother died at a very young age.

Her first language was French, followed by Arabic and the learning of the Quran. Retrieved from ” https: She was left alone in the world.

The novel describes the complex social problems in Beirut and started with a prophecy by aal of the characters of the novel, a fortune teller that says: A few months later the civil war broke out in Lebanon. Views Read Edit View history.