Down to Earth: From Astronaut to Refugee

Down to Earth

From Astronaut to Refugee

Muhammed Faris with Jamal Abozaid

Paperback

128 pages / Published: --

£10.00

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Astronaut Muhammed Faris, the first Syrian in space, landed on the Mir Space Station in July 1987. Catching a glimpse of planet Earth from the Soyuz TM-3 spacecraft window, Faris knew he’d never look at life the same again.

Lauded a national hero upon his return, Faris was awarded the highest distinctions in the Soviet Union: Hero of the Soviet Union and The Order of Lenin.

Despite this, he remained unpopular with the then head of the Syrian regime, Hafez Assad; surviving two assassination attempts while training in Moscow ahead of his spaceflight.

Here, Faris shares his thrilling story; a successful cosmonaut entrapped in an era of corruption and tyranny, forced to abandon his home, consequently becoming a refugee. He describes in vivid detail his clash with the regime, his sharp rise to fame and the struggles of life in Assad’s Syria.

Name

Muhammed Faris with Jamal Abozaid

Country

Syria

Biography

Jamal Abozaid is an Arab-world writer and novelist and is currently based in London. He writes, lectures, and travels extensively. An expert in Arab world issues, Jamal appears on various different media outlets, as a commentator on Middle East politics, immigration, and social issues. He is the author of: Journey of Illusion, The Green Devil Monsters of Sham, State, Starve or Kneel.

Other titles

Title

Down to Earth

Format(s)

Paperback

Edition

1st

Pages

128

ISBN

9781905837458

Dimensions

215mm (H) x 140mm (W)

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