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