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[8 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 52 views]

You often mention in the diary how blurry the frontiers between reality and fiction are; how reality often looks like a screenplay, a ferocious fiction. Would you say that this type of political environment makes fiction irrelevant?

The political environment didn’t necessarily make fiction irrelevant. What I was trying to say is that the horror I saw surpassed any kind of fiction imaginable.

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[8 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 179 views]

Jabbour Douaihy’s novels remain, for the non Lebanese readers, works of pure fiction; minute jewelry made by the imagination of a man of talent ranging between modesty and compassion, the most refined sarcasm and bitterness the most painful and understandable. Douaihy tells the story of his Lebanon, and does not submit her to judgments, nor to philosophy or psychoanalysis. The reader rooms around, or rather, he roams jubilant in Douaihy’s imaginary multi-facetted world, with all its contradictions and conflicts, which, as a mosaic, does not reveal its beauty unless it is viewed from a distance. This is the meaning of the virtual camera Douaihy’s look…

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[5 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 186 views]
Khaled Khalifa’s In praise of hatred is out in Spanish! – El Mundo covers the event

The novel Khalifa took him 13 years of work. “I felt fear and terror… This probed me to turn that pain into a novel …” Khalifa is, however, a writer with no pretensions. “I write just for the pleasure of writing and cannot do anything else.”

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[23 Jun 2012 | No Comment | 391 views]

The AUC Gerhart theater produced Saadallah Wannous’ play, ‘Rituals of a metamorphosis’ in the fall of 2011 that was a great success. Below, a review by Farah Montasser, Al Ahram Online, October 28th, 2011.

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[23 Jun 2012 | No Comment | 100 views]
The Guardian presents A Woman in The Crossfire, by Samar Yazbek, at Haus publishing

Samar Yazbek’s book just came out in English, at Haus publishing. The book’s translation was supported by the Sharjah Book Fair.
Below are excerpts of the review by Francis Beckett for The Guardian, June 22, 2012.

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[9 Jun 2012 | No Comment | 171 views]
Review of ‘A woman in the crossfire’ – by ‘Arab lit (in English)’

“Mostly, I have shared in some people’s pain. Is there some point to secretly, in my own home, sharing in people’s pain? I don’t know. But once you’ve started, and you’ve found that you care about these people — these characters, these people — it’s also difficult to stop”