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Restoring Damascus is a non-fiction woman's inside view of returning to her hometown and restoring an old villa inside the Roman walls of Old Damascus. She navigates the labyrinth of culture, bureaucracy, and the never ending corruption with characters such as the undercover-yogurt maker/real estate agent, baby sitting pig-headed stone artists, and digging up flooded Roman-era sewers in a city where time is cheap but a friendly conversation and personal relationships are the real prize. The renovation was completed three months prior to the current Syrian revolution. Over seventy before and after full color images.
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Aida Dalati is a Syrian American designer living in California. Her parents met in Michigan and traveled back to Damascus to meet the Syrian family her father came from. Aida spent her school years in Damascus and later left for California at the age of twenty. Her love for everything Syrian drew her back to her native city in an attempt to fit back in after being away for twenty five years. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area where she has a textile and clothing design studio. This one woman and her renovation biography is a lifelong project, she draws from her knowledge and expertise on the subjects of mythology, common sense, history, gossip and beauty. Engaging craftsmen of her new Damascus neighborhood in a bouquet of restoration jobs became her badge of honor and sustained her through the terrible early months of the Syrian Revolution.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 316 pages. 10.00x7.00x0.75 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1483924785
Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publis, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111483924785