غُول خراب الشّمس

2021 (work in progress) 

‘A Canadian woman, 32 years of old, 59 kg, 168 cm, with brown hair and brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, Nicole was wearing long-sleeve red shirt with white sleeves, khaki pants, grey and blue New Balance running shoes, and a small blue knapsack. Jacqueline Nicole was last seen at around 9:00 am, the morning of March 31, 2007 when she left the Cairo hotel in Hama, Syria. She was planning to go sightseeing in the local area and she never returned that evening.’
The (I) of this novel falls into a forensic obsession following the threads of a clinical study in which two corpses get mysteriously entangled in Hama, Syria, 2008: The material corpse of an unknown Syrian woman and the bureaucratic corpse of a missing Canadian citizen, Jacqueline Nicole Vienneau. 

I got to know this forensic case study during my medical education in Damascus university. The case study is mentioned in forensic medicine as an example of the first and only case of identification in which a Syrian forensic team does a facial reconstruction of an unknown corpse found in Hama in 2008.

When I started incisively trying to recall the narrative of the case I only remembered one detail: That the body had been assumed to be that of a missing Canadian person. I managed to remember the impression of the name and with the aid of googling, I finally found her name: Jaqueline Nicole Vienneau.

The novel becomes a volume of notes and documents of this impossible research into knowing what happened, and a forensic investigation done at a distance.