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[30 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 124 views]
Aftonbladet on The Crossing: “Yazbek’s book on Syria is indispensable… a painfully beautiful prose”

Elise Karlsson, for Aftonbladet, November 13th, 2015
Even after a country has ceased to exist, people continue to live in it. When the snipers monitor the streets, neighbors open their houses to allow passage, through this alternative road. At night, every night, when the bombs fall, you run you down in the basement with the kids and talk to each other while the paint falls from the ceiling in white flakes.
When the bombs fall so often that it no longer makes sense to be above ground, people move down below the surface. Ancient Roman tombs are opened …

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Yazbek to Aftenposten: “ISIS has become a symbol of revolution; the Islamist movement results from the leftist movement’s failure”

Thea Storoy Elnan, for Aftenposten, November 23, 2015
Photo credit: Tor Stenersen
While schools and the subways are closed in Brussels and other European countries implement high terror alerts, Samar Yazbek disagrees with the way the Western media focusses on refugee flows.
– It is to ignore what is actually the root of the problem. The refugee crisis is a side effect, not the problem, she says.

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Yazbek to Vart land “I fight with words and feel like Don Quixote and his impossible battle against windmills, but memory is an important basis of our existence”

Lars Flydal, for Vart Land, November 24th, 2015
Photo credit: Lars Flydal
…Samar Yazbek combines humanitarian work with writing. The meeting with the people in the homeland was strong. “I’ve talked to hundreds of people who told me about the horrors of war. The author and journalist in me could not refrain from writing down the strong stories. It was my job to be their memory. There was a whole stack of notebooks from a country in chaos. There was a strong psychological burden to go through the material – and it was …

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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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[24 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 189 views]

By Asne Gullikstad, for Dagsavisen, November 24th, 2015
Photo credit: Dagsavisen
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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[23 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 126 views]
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
Photo credit: El Espanol
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].