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Originally published in 1987, Ascension to Death is a heartbreaking love story set in the conservative Druze region of southern Syria. It recounts the story of Salma, an orphan girl, who falls in love with a boy from her village but is forced into an arranged marriage.
Geppetto, a poor woodcarver, crafts a marionette from a strange piece of talking wood and inadvertently brings the mischievous Pinocchio - a walking, talking, wooden boy - into the world. The naughty, selfish puppet heads off into the world and encounters all manner of unusual and dangerous characters on his...