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[5 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 105 views]
Listen to Douaihy talk about his book “American neighborhood” on Swiss radio RTS

Click on this link to RTS‘ website.

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[5 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 102 views]
L’Humanite on Douaihy’s “American neighborhood”: “The strength of the book lies in the author’s acute gaze at these characters”

Published by L’Humanité, on October 1st, 2015
The Lebanese author Jabbour Douaihy, professor of French literature at the University of Tripoli, immerses his reader in this city, especially in its American neighborhood, among the poorest, which he describes accurately. He explores everyday life, from the souk’s stalls, to the cries of the vegetable vendors, these “peasants who smell of damp earth in winter,” as well as the old sheikh, the soap and fish merchants, the baker who makes cheese galettes that one can eat standing up, “against the wall, facing the colorful list of the names of the Prophet’s …

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[24 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 110 views]
NRK about Alwan’s “Beavers”: “Whoever is looking for exoticism will be disappointed with this novel”!

Marta Norheim published this review in NRK, on December 2014. Photo credit: Cappelen Damm
“Whoever is looking for exoticism, Arabian nights, rebellion against reports about violations of human rights, or Islamic studies will be disappointed with this novel. Ghalib is mostly captivated by his age, and by the fact that he cannot marry his lover, a woman he has loved for 20 years”

 

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[22 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 259 views]
Yazbek to Deutschland radio: “Does the West really want to stop the war in Syria?”

The interview was conducted by, Korbinian Frenzel for Deutschland radio kultur, on September 16th, 2015. Below are translated excerpts. Photo credit: Deutschland Radio, Torben Waleczek
Everybody makes the terrorist organizationof ISIS responsible for the failure of the Syrian revolution. But the Syrian journalist and writer Samar Yazbek says that responsibility does not only lie with ISIS, but also in the inaction of the international community.
Samar Yazbek, who was just a guest at the International Literature Festival in Berlin (…), claims to the German radio that it is too easy to say that ISIS has stolen the revolution (…)

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[22 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 141 views]
Fixpoetry, about “The Crossing”: “You can tell some from Yazbek’s description of some scenes, that words are not enough to convey what is happening in Syria”

A review by  Elke Engelhardt, for Fixpoetry, September 17, 2015. Below are translated excerpts.
Regarding Syria, there is a tragic mismatch in the perception of the situation in that country, and the needs of the people there. On the one hand there are people like Samar Yazbek, who expose themselves to great risks in order to repeatedly report on the situation on the ground, give a voice to the people there that no one listens to, and on the other hand, there is persistent policy of turning a blind eye for over four years (…)

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[22 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 94 views]
Der Standard interviews Yazbek: “If the big countries decide to end the bloodshed, there will be a solution”

This interview was conducted by Ruth René for Der Standard, and published on September 13th, 2015. Below are translated excerpts.
STANDARD: Ms. Yazbek, in your book you despair at the fact that no one wants to know what is happening in Syria. Has the world abandoned Syria?

 Yazbek: The world knows what is happening in Syria. All documents and evidence of the war crimes of the Assad regime were submitted to the United Nations, even before the advent of ISIS and similar groups. But the powerful countries, including the United States, ignored all the massacres perpetrated by Assad …