• Gateway of the sea | 2020
  • Selamlik | 2018 – View details


Born to a Turkish mother and a Syrian father, Khaled was raised in Syria, and holds the Swedish citizenship since 2018. He has worked as a journalist in the Middle East, North Africa and several major European (correspondent for RFI in Damascus), and is an award winning filmmaker (his short film ‘Coffee with sukkar’ received a special award at the Gothenburg Film Festival).

Khaled currently lives in London, gives public talks about freedom of expression in conflict areas, migration, and LGBTQ+ issues, and also teaches Arabic literature at the Gothenburg literature.

Selamlik is his first novel.


In the press

“Alesmael manages to use an almost Spartan language to tell in an incredibly sensual way about love, sex, Damascus, Sweden and everything in between.” — (Katharina Glück – Skoutz 2021 juror)
“Simple but poetic, Alesmael captures great sadness, poking uncertainty and the beauty of the homophobic’s eyelash.” — (Aftonboladet)
“Uncensored novel about shame, homophobia and violence.” — (Goteborg Posted)
“Despite the heavy topics the book deals with, it is still filled with humor and irony.” — (Amnesty Press)
“Selamlik will be a classic in the future.” — (Dagens Nyheter)


  • Selamlik (2018)
Leopard (2018, Sweden)
Albino Verlag (2020, Germany)
World Editions BV, USA (English, to appear)
Forlaget Ti Vilde Heste, Denmark (to appear)

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