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[27 Feb 2019 | No Comment | 6 views]
Khaled Khalifa “No one prayed over their graves”

Following the life story of two inseparable friends, Hannah and Zakaria, from the mid 19th to the mid 20th century in Aleppo, No one prayed over their graves, reveals a buzzing, multiconfessional, libertine, tolerant society, coming to grips with the various forms of death.

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[24 Oct 2018 | No Comment | 35 views]
Douaihy’s “Printed in Beirut” in the Midwest book review: “Exquisite irony”

Published by Midwest Book Review, October 2018
Farid Abou Char arrives in Beirut on a hot summer morning with his manuscript, looking for a publisher. He is turned down by all of them; nobody reads anymore, he is told. Instead, he accepts a job as a proofreader at the famous old print house Karam Bros., allegedly established in 1908. Disappointed by the menial tasks of checking catalogs and ad copy, Farid secretly hopes that his book will eventually be published.

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[27 Sep 2018 | No Comment | 33 views]
L’Express reviews Yazbek’s Blue pen “words can build a better world and repel ugliness”

Published by L’Express. September 26 2018.
She understands French, but prefers to speak in Arabic. For fear of losing her tongue: “It would be a double exile”, explains Samar Yazbek with a serious smile, refugee in France since the summer of 2011. For having participated in the revolt against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, this secular intellectual and democratic has become a prey for extremists of all stripes. “And I would feel even more guilty,” she continues.

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[26 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 257 views]
Jabbour Douaihy “Printed in Beirut”

Through Farid Abou Chaar’s desperate attempt to get published in Beirut, a humorous story about the end of this industry. 

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[26 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 624 views]
Dima Wannous “The frightened”

There is ultimately one kind of fear: The fear of fear. The psychological depths of fear and anxiety brilliantly explored in a novel set in contemporary Syria.

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[26 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 222 views]
Sinan Antoon’s “Index”

Index is without a doubt a literary achievement. The novel explores the limits of literature, and the impossibility for words and for any narrative to convey the extent of the destruction and the feeling of loss.