[3 Nov 2019 | No Comment | 13 views]
Le Monde reviews Yazbek’s “19 women”: “A monument”

Interview By Annick Cojean, for Le Monde, October 2019
 
We must not let the memory of the events that have occurred since the first demonstrations in March 2011 dissolve, and demand more democracy (…) “So many things have happened,” she said, “magnificent and cruel, that you must tear yourself from oblivion. And there are so many other elements to show Syrians as this image of shattered victims, undermined by bitterness. They fought. They acted. They hoped. And the cause was noble. We must give them justice. Tell the truth ! Quick, …

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[9 Oct 2019 | No Comment | 40 views]
National Book Award: Khaled Khalifa is a finalist with “Death is hard work”

The mission of the National Book Award is to “celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture”

The winner will be announced on November 20th.
 
Death is hard work has received a lot of praise (see below) in the various countries where it was published (see list of cessions below).
Bulbul’s father just passed away in a Damascus hospital. His last request to his son was to be buried in his hometown of Aannabiya, in the province of Aleppo.

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“These women are my heroins, they represent the revolution we wanted: Secular, democratic” – Yazbek, about her book 19 women in Liberation

Interview by Hala Kodmani for Liberation, September 2019
In her book, the novelist and activist brings together the testimonies of those she knew and accompanied in her country at war. Nurses, teachers, mothers, often spent in prison, they survived the terror and the war without ever giving up. “Heroines” in search of a secular and democratic revolution.
Samar Yazbek: “Through the voice of these Syrian women, I want to say that we are not victims but resistants”

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[18 Sep 2019 | No Comment | 23 views]

By Lilia Tak-Tak, in La madeleine des livres, Septemner 2019
“The frightened” is a very beautiful, very strong novel, which depicts with a lot of intensity the fear, anguish, and suffering of a young woman, a young man and by extension those of a people. Feelings that feed each other and create a system of communicating vessels. A real mirror game.
Through the voice of Sulayma, the main character, Dima Wannous leads us into a novel with a complex construction, similar to the meanders of the inner thoughts of Sulayma, thereby bringing a …

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[18 Sep 2019 | No Comment | 24 views]
“Precise, hyper-observant”, “profoundly moving” – Full Stop blog’s insightful reivew of Sinan Antoon’s “The book of collateral damage”

By Will Preston, for Full Stop (2019)
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The very concept of “collateral damage,” after all, rests on the logic that others lack their own stories. They are only a means to an end: an acceptable loss, a supporting character in the narrative of someone else’s war. But to what extent? Within the framework of Antoon’s novel, it is not just the country’s people, or history, or cities, that have been reduced to collateral damage in the great American tragedy of the Iraq War. It is Iraq itself.

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