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[27 Jan 2023 | No Comment | 14 views]
“Perhaps the most beautiful novel that we can read by Samar Yazbek to date” – Le Monde, Richard Jacquemond’s review of Yazbek’s “The wind’s abode”:

A review by Richard Jacquemond, for Le Monde des Livres, January 26th, 2023
 
Through the eyes of this half-simple, half-mystical young man, like a character by the Lebanese poet Khalifa Gibran (1883 – 1931), a whole world is seen collapsing under the he effect of a war … But, with Samar Yazbek’s skill, this collapse is told in a minor key, as if the essential were elsewhere, in the life to which those who remain cling

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[6 Sep 2022 | No Comment | 68 views]
“The best international crime fiction” – LitHub recommends Douaihy’s “King of India”!

Literary Hub made a list of their favorite crime titles of the early fall, and Douaihy’s exceptional “King of India” is in there! Here is what they say.

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[6 Sep 2022 | No Comment | 25 views]

Review by Joseph Croitoru for Frankfurter Allgemeine, 2 May 2022
When dreams go away: Khaled Khalifa recounts the recent history of Aleppo in his novel “No One prayed at their graves”.
Some works of fiction, even if not necessarily the author’s intention, can take on astonishing poignancy over time. Such is the case with Syrian author Khaled Khalifa’s latest novel, “No One Prayed at their Graves,” originally published in 2019, which evokes a forgotten era in Aleppo’s history and is now available in German in an excellent translation by Larissa Bender.

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[12 Dec 2021 | No Comment | 109 views]
The Epoch of Human Shame: An Interview with Samar Yazbek

 
Interview by Will Forrester for PEN Transmissions, December 8, 2021
I think that if I could go back to those days, I would do the same thing all over again. I never regret going back to Syria – being there at the frontline, and in the middle of the war – nor do I regret leaving.I always tried to stay alive, but with my personal condition I had to do what needed to be done, despite the fear. By that token, in returning and sharing in death and people’s pain, through my …

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[17 Oct 2021 | No Comment | 83 views]
“A harsh and cruel portrait of a Saudi Arabia in search of meaning” – Politis reviews Aziz Mohamed’s ‘The critical case of Mr. K’

Review by Anaïs Heluin for Politis, March 2021

Le poète Aziz Mohammed offre à travers le cas d’un jeune cancéreux le portrait drôle et cruel d’une Arabie saoudite en mal de sens.

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[16 Sep 2021 | No Comment | 98 views]
Samar Yazbek is in the National Book Award Translation Fiction Long list!

Yazbek is in the longlist of the presitigous National Book Award !
Publishers submitted a total of 164 books for the 2021 National Book Award for Translated Literature. The judges for Translated Literature are Stephen Snyder (Chair), Jessie Chaffee, Sergio de la Pava, Madhu H. Kaza, and Achy Obejas. Judge’s decisions are made independently of the National Book Foundation staff and Board of Directors and deliberations are strictly confidential.
Winners in all categories will be announced live at the National Book Awards Ceremony on November 17.