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Der Standaard, March 27 2015
“Khalifa’s family chronicle is straightforward and very structured. We never have enough of the recent history it covers, and the sometimes bizarre characters that filled the ancient streets of the Syrian city [of Aleppo].”

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NRC Handelsblad Cultuur reviews Khalifa’s “There are no knives”: “Feeling the ground fall from under our feet”

A review by Margot Djikgraaf, for NRC Handelsblad, April 22, 2015
“Characters are staged at a breakneck pace, disappear and reappear, while previously described events come along again, as if in a spiral that will make the reader lose grip of the story, and feeling the ground fall from under her feet. This is exactly Khalifa’s purpose. This is the life of Aleppo’s residents”

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Magazine littéraire: Douaihy’s “American neighborhood” and the complexity behind becoming a terrorist, religion and beyond.

This piece is by Alexis Brocas, for the Magazine littéraire, published in September 2015.
Translated excerpts below.
Since Tchen’sattacks  in The Human Condition, terrorism seems a constant theme in contemporary literature — a mirror that we walk along a path bordered by the collective history and the author’s personal history. Three novels came out this autumn, written in various languages, but dealing with this issue using converging narratives.
In The French, Julien Suaudeau recounts the trajectory of a young, clueless, anonymous, young man from Evreux to to the caliphate of Daech — and from petty crime to slaughter. For …

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Transfuge reviews Douaihy’s American neighborhood – “Sharp and beautiful”

A review by Catherine Simon, for Transfuge, September 15ht, 2015
As its name suggests, the said “American” neighborhood is nested on a hill, overlooking the river and city, has kept nothing from its exotic and opulent past, except the old memory of an Anglican school. The school was eventually closed, squatted by politico-military people, in this case Syrian in this case, while the neighborhood itself was “invaded by the poor neighboring mountains, where growing apricots, or any kind of fruit tree, was no longer enough to feed their families. ” Welcome to Lebanon, homeland of the novelist Jabbour Douaihy.

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Livres Hebdo about Douaihy’s “American Neighborhood” : “The most accomplished, subtle and captivating of his books, which should reveal him”

This review is by Jean-Claude Perrier, for Livres Hebdo, and published on August 21, 2015. Photo credit: The National AE.
Below is an approximate translation.
A subtle novel by Lebanese author Jabbour Douaihy, the main character of which is a city.
Himself a son of Tripoli, Lebanon, where he teaches French literature, a literary critic at L’Orient littéraire, and a translator, Jabbour Douaihy is one of Lebanon’s authors writing in Arabic published in France. Four of his novels have been published here since Autumn Equinox (AMA-Presses of Mirail, 2000). His latest book, the most accomplished, subtle, and captivating, should reveal him.

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Efekto about Douaihy’s June rain “A work of Arabic literature definitely away from the clichés of exoticism which places it squarely in modernity”

This review is by Jorge Iván Garduño, for Efekto, published in September 2015.
June rain is the story of a return home, from America to Lebanon, which transforms into the investigation of a crime: Elia seeks to find the reasons for the “incident”, as they call it in reference to the shooting that took place in the fifties, killing his father and forcing him to exile. But the investigation will have to rely on memory, photographs and conflicting accounts emerging from families immersed in an ongoing war.