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SVT, Sweden: “Yazbek is comparable to Svetlana Alexievich”

Ulrika Mille, for SVT, November 11th, 2015
Samar Yazbek’s war story “The Crossing”, in a translation by Marie Anell, is written in a classical female war correspondent tradition, with forerunners such as Martha Gellhorn, Barbro Alving, Dorothy Parker and Marie Colvin – who was killed in a grenade attack in Homs, in Syria 2012.
Yazbek – who is a praised novelist and has written extensively television and film drama – skilfully depicts how people’s emotions are affected by war.
Comparable to Alexievich
In a sense, Yazbek is similar to the Belarusian Nobel prize Svetlana Alexievich, when she allows …

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By Asne Gullikstad, for Dagsavisen, November 24th, 2015
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Samar Yazbek fled first from the Assad regime, but went back to war. The second time, she fled from ISIS. Now terror struck the city she lives in, Paris.
“I opened the window ajar and let in a thin strip of light so the world would see layers of hell.”
“I opened the window ajar and let in a thin strip of light so the world would see layers of hell.” Samar Yazbek went back. She got into the war in Syria again, although …

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Yazbek to El Espanol: “For me, women are the real fighters of this war”

Interview conducted by Maria Torens, for El Espanol, November 12th, 2015
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While hundreds of thousands of Syrians are fleeing their country to seek asylum in neighboring countries and Europe, you went the opposite direction in 2012 and 2013. It sounds crazy.
The situation was not so complicated. DAESH [acronym in Arabic the self-styled Islamic State] had not yet entered Syria. I was determined to come back and settle in our country. It was the beginning of the drift toward tragedy. Now I have also gone into exile [in France].

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El Diario Vasco interviews Yazbek: “The humanitarian reaction to the refugee crisis in Europe is great, but only addresses the consequences, not the cause”

Interview conducted by Arantza Furundarena, for El Diario Vasco, November 15th, 2015.
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– What are your dreams for you country?
– I dream of a a united, secular country, where religion is separate from politics.

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La Vanguardia interviews Yazbek: “Focusing only on ‘ISIS’ is wrong”

Interview conducted by Catalina Guerrero, for La Vanguardia, November 13th, 2015
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In Syria “we have to face two monsters: the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the ‘Daesh’ (Arabic acronym for the terrorist group Islamic State),” said writer and activist Samar Yazbek, who recounted in “The Crossing” the “atrocities” she has witnessed.
Her intention with this book, Yazbek explains, was “to set the record straight” and give a “voice” to the victims of  an “international war governed by the interests of the great powers” which has reduced her country to “rubbles”…

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