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The Endurance of Howard Kaplan, Author of ‘The Damascus Cover’

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Last month, author Howard Kaplan wrote a BookTrib piece about the adaptation of his book, The Damascus Cover, 40 years after its initial release. The book, which had been out of print for decades was recently re-released and is enjoying a renewed success.  BookTrib had the opportunity to chat with Howard Kaplan and discuss the book’s endurance over the last 40 years, the journey to the big screen, what inspired him to write the story and how important reconciliation, the theme of his book, is to the world. BookTrib: The Damascus Cover is the result of a trip you took to Syria in 1971. What about that region made you want to capture it in novel form? HK: That’s exactly correct.…

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After 40 Years, Howard Kaplan’s ‘The Damascus Cover’ Hits Theaters

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If achievement is a mélange of skill, perseverance and luck, along the way I’ve had periods of fierce drive, missed great opportunities and been the recipient of incredible luck. As a result, the film adaptation of my novel The Damascus Cover, starring Sir John Hurt and Jonathan Rhys Meyers will soon hit theaters, 40 years after the book’s initial publication. The novel had a nice run; for three months climbed the Los Angeles Times best seller list and was translated into seven languages. Additionally, it was sold to a publisher in Yugoslavia for translation. When the book was turned over to the Central Committee of the Communist Party for authorization to translate it, permission was denied and the remaining copies…

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