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[26 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 316 views]
Samar Yazbek “The blue pen”

A unique powerful tale from Syria, through the eyes of a girl who cannot stop walking. 

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[26 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 95 views]
Habib Selmi “Smile, you are in Tunisia!”

A refreshing and intimate look into Tunisia’s recent social transformation. Selmi’s subtle and modern writing provides a sharp insight into human nature.

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[21 Apr 2016 | No Comment | 108 views]
Sinan Antoon writes in The Guardian – About the Southwest airlines incident, and speaking Arabic

Sinan Antoon wrote this piece for The Guardian, April 19th, 2016
There was a time when one could speak Arabic on a flight in the United States, or even read a book written in that language, without hesitation or the fear of suffering humiliating consequences. That time is long gone. Many colleagues and friends confess that they try to avoid carrying Arabic or Persian books on flights in order not to invite suspicious looks.

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[10 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 67 views]
Yazbek’s The Crossing is on the long list of the Orwell prize

The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. It is awarded each year for the book which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’.
Samar Yazbek is on the Orwell’s long list with her book on Syria, The Crossing. The winner will be announced end of May.

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[24 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 411 views]
Khaled Khalifa’s “Death is hard work”

Belbol’s father just passed away in a Damascus hospital. His last request to his son was to be burried in his hometown of Aannabiya, in the province of Aleppo.

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[8 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 202 views]
Hoda Barakat at Sharjah’s International Book Fair:  ‘Genres are not of writers’ concern’

Sharjah: It is not a writer’s job to categorise his or her book into any particular genre, it is for readers or critics to decide, a panel of Arab writers echoed during a literary session on the first evening of Sharjah International Book Fair 2015.
In a session on similarities between literary genres, a panel of renowned Arab writers Dr Shukri Al Makhbout, Fatima Sultan Al Mazroui and Hoda Barakat shared their thoughts on the similarities between genres and how writers are least bothered about the issues of classification of their …