The Sun on a Cloudy Day - Introduction Syrias literary tradition is just part of the rich and beautiful cultural heritage of a country which has

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Introduction “Syria’s literary tradition is just part of the rich and beautiful cultural heritage of a country which has faced many difficulties and hardships. Here we profile ten of Syria’s most prolific and influential writers, who have made a name for themselves both nationally and internationally” (Behrooz). The novel Sun on a Cloudy Day was written by the famous Syrian author Hanna Mina, and published in the year 1997. In order to understand the plot, context, and political significance of the above-mentioned novel, it is imperative that we look at some important facts about the author himself. Unfortunately, however, very little is actually known about his life. Hanna Mina is often credited as pioneering Syria’s novelistic tradition, famously declaring that ‘in the 21st century, the novel will become for the Arabs what poetry is to them today’. Mina’s novels are outstanding examples of social realism, exploring the hardships and struggles of ordinary citizens living in Syrian society. His works are largely inspired by his own difficult life and his various encounters with poverty, loss and persecution, and portray the conditions of his characters with an unflinching honesty and rawness which makes each of his novels so enduringly powerful. (Behrooz)

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