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Trije spomini: Med Hajfo, Alepom in Ljubljano

Three Memories

Three Memories tells the story of the Syrian poet Mohamad Al Munem and his Palestinian family, its fortunes, misfortunes and almost unbelievable dramatic twists of fate.


Rights sold: Italy

Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
Year of publication: 2019
No. of pages: 295

About the Book

At a time when barbed wire fences were being erected along Slovenia’s southern borders, the Syrian publisher and poet Mohamad Al Munem sets out on the dangerous Mediterranean route and reaches Slovenia where he also unexpectedly stays. The poet from Aleppo was born a refugee, his story, documented in Three Memories, is not just a story of lively intellectual life in Aleppo but reaches into the period before his birth when his father and mother were forced to leave Palestine. It is the story of his refugee family, its fates and fortunes, but also a book about his friendship with the journalist Andraž Rožman who got to know Mohamad through numerous conversations, learned from him, and eventually became the book’s author. It is a book of memories of three towns, Haifa, Aleppo and Ljubljana, a biography of a teacher and a novel about a listener who is becoming a writer.

Andraž Rožman (foto: Boštjan Pucelj)

Andraž Rožman

Slovenian writer Andraž Rožman usually writes about marginalized people. He holds a degree in Journalism from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana and he worked as a journalist for more than 15 years. He has published his first literary nonfiction book Three Memories – between Haifa, Aleppo and Ljubljana (publisher Goga, 2019), it is a story about Syrian-Palestinian poet and publisher, with whom Andraž became close friends. Three Memories were nominated for the prize Kresnik, the Slovenian novel of the year. He has published a novel titled Tito’s son in 2022 (Goga). It is a story of mental health, psychiatric institutions, deinstitutionalisation, hearing voices, psychoanalysis, homelessness… He is strongly connected to alternative public spaces of Ljubljana.

Author Interview