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[18 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 79 views]
Alwan and his novel “Beavers” on France Inter

Alwan, and his novel “Beavers” were the guests of Katheline Evin’s show on France Inter, on May 26th, 2015. Listen here.
Below a review that was published on their website. An excerpt in Englihs:
“Cruel and nostalgic, funny and incredibly fierce, this book obviously speaks of Saudi Arabia, its archaisms and violence, the patriarcal system and sexual repression that prevail. But above all, with devastating humour, this novel tells the story of those families where the lack of love, the hypocrisy, greed and rejection of others damage its children and raise walls between …

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[19 May 2015 | No Comment | 96 views]
Happy to share English excerpts of Le Monde des Livres’ beautiful review of Alwan’s Beavers

This review by Catherine Simon, was published by Le Monde des Livres, on January 22, 2015. Below are a few excerpts in English.
Both melancholic and hilarious, this story (…) sheds a critical, often fierce, light on the Saudi society and its offspring (…)

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[19 May 2015 | No Comment | 133 views]
Yet another great appreciation of Alwan’s Beavers, in Canada

An interview conducted by Marie-Christine Blais, for La Presse, published in April 10th.
Your narrator, Ghaleb, draws continually striking parallels between beavers he discovered in Oregon and his family who lives in Riyadh. How did you get this idea?
I grew up in Saudi Arabia, where beavers do not exist. My knowledge on the subject was therefore superficial, and I was not interested in it, anyway! It was when I moved to Portland [Oregon], in 2006, to finish my master that I really got to know this animal.

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[3 May 2015 | No Comment | 259 views]
Le Monde des Livres’ beautiful review of Hoda Barakat’s “The kingdom of this earth”

This article by Catherine Simon, was published in French, by Le Monde des Livres
September 2012
What follows is an approximate translation into English.
A historical novel, then? A parody rather. The stories told here are full of errors, as childhood memories and village gossip usually are. This is one of the strokes of genius of this kaleidoscopic book, an almost ethnological dive of a writer among her people: everything is truthful, nothing is quite true. It was nice to come across the shadows of Mussolini and Petain, President Chamoun or that of General …

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[3 May 2015 | No Comment | 134 views]

To listen to the program, click on this link.

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[16 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 139 views]
Alwan’s Beavers: “A rare and brilliant take on the midlife crisis”

French Magazine “Lui” offers a brief review of Alwan’s Beavers, February
A rich Saudi man, overwhelmed by his family of morons and disenchanted mistress, leaves for America, the best place to host his melancholy. On a riverbed in Oregon, he meets a beaver, and seeks to find his way between contemplation, alcohol and personal development meetings. A rare and brilliant take on the midlife crisis – Arab style.
French original below
Un riche Saoudien accablé par sa famille de débiles et sa maîtresse désabusée part pour l’Amérique, pays plus propre à accueillir son …