Khaled Khalifa was born in 1964, in a village close to Aleppo, Syria. He is the fifth child of a family of thirteen siblings.
He obtains a Bachelor degree of law and actively participates to the foundation of Aleph, a magazine, with a group of writers and poets. A few months later, the magazine was forbidden by the Syrian censorship.
He currently lives in Damascus where he writes scripts for cinema and television.
Khalifa’s ‘In praise of hatred’ was among the six finalists for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, or Arab Man Booker Prize, held in Abu Dhabi in March 2008.
- Death is hard work | Al mawt aamalon chaq – view details
- There are no knives in the kitchens of the city | La sakakin fi matabekh hathihi al madina – view details
- In praise of hatred | Madih al-Karahiya – view details
- The notebooks of the Bohemians | Dafater al-Qurbat – view details
- Death is hard work | Al mawt aamalon chaq: French (Actes Sud, to appear); English (Farrar Strauss Giroux, USA – Faber, UK, to appear); Italian (Bompiani, to appear), German (Rowohlt, to appear).
- There are no knives in the kitchens of the city | La sakakin fi matabekh hathihi al madina: French (Actes Sud), Dutch (De Geus, 2015), English (Hoopoe, AUC, 2016), Italian (Bompiani, to appear), German (Rowohlt, to appear).
- In praise of hatred | Madih al-Karahiya: Italian (Bompiani, 2011); French (Actes Sud, 2011); Dutch (De Geus, 2011); Norwegian (Minuskel, 2011); Spanish (Lumen, 2012); English (Transworld, 2012); Danish (Korridor, 2013).