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[25 Oct 2018 | No Comment | 60 views]
Samar Yazbek is in the third and final selection of the French Femina award 2018

On Wednesday October 24th, the exclusively feminine jury of the French Femina award announced the 7 French titles and 5 foreign titles of their third and final selection. The winner will be announced on November 5th.
Samar Yazbek’s novel “La marcheuse” (The blue pen) tackles Syria’s chemical warfare, and more generally, the massive destruction of war, through the eyes of a woman-child.

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[24 Sep 2018 | No Comment | 71 views]
Aziz Mohammed “The critical case of Mr. K”

Insightful and sarcastic, this is the powerful story of a young man diagnosed with leukemia. This debut novel by young Saudi writer Aziz Mohammed tackles modern Arab life.

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[24 Sep 2018 | No Comment | 71 views]
Mhani Alaoui “Dreams of Maryam Tair”

“Dreams of Maryam Tair” is a debut novel by Moroccan writer Mhani Alaoui that brings readers to a Casablanca of myth and metaphor, of curses, witches, djinns and demons. But it is also a very present-day Casablanca.

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[24 Sep 2018 | No Comment | 46 views]
Meedo Taha “A road to Damascus”

This debut novel by Lebanese filmmaker Meedo Taha is a clever and very entertaining detective story set in Beirut, mixing political imbroglio with personal history.

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[26 Apr 2018 | No Comment | 70 views]
Publishing Perspectives, Nasrallah’s The Second Dog War is about “loss of certainty; loss of trust”

By Porter Anderson, for Publishing Perspectives, April 24th, 2018. Below an excerpt.
‘What We Could Become’
The book was first published in Arabic in 2016 by Lebanon-based Arab Scientific Publishers. Rights are represented by Raya Literary Agency. More information, including a sample translation, is available upon request here.
Nasrallah has said that his book is “a warning of what we could become in the future.”

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[26 Apr 2018 | No Comment | 106 views]
Ibrahim Nasrallah wins the Arab Man Booker – or International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2018

On April 24th, the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction was awarded to Ibrahim Nasrallah for his novel “The Second Dog War”, a satirical novel, partly dystopia, partly science fiction, that depicts a not-so-distant grim future.
The novel is entertaining and was for Ibrahim Nasrallah an opportunity to explore uncharted literary territory. While offering a skillful critique of extreme forms of our contemporary consumerism and corruption, Nasrallah also goes over the transformation of a man, the main character Rashed, who goes from an idealistic rebel, to a powerful businessman, ultimately transforming into a …