KHALIFA Khaled

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Titles

 

  • No one prayed over their graves | Lam yusalli ‘alayhim ahad (2019) view details
  • Death is hard work | Al mawt aamalon chaq (2015) – view details
  • There are no knives in the kitchens of the city | La sakakin fi matabekh hathihi al madina (2013) – view details
  • In praise of hatred | Madih al-Karahiya (2006 – 2008) – view details
  • The notebooks of the Bohemians | Dafater al-Qurbat (2000) – view details

 


 

Biography

 
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.

 

In the press

 
“Death is hard work” 

“Brilliant”   “Unforgettable” — (Wall street journal, 2019)

 “Astonishing”  — (Los Angeles Times, 2019)

“Compelling” — (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2018)

“Deep black, gruesome, moving comedy” — (Literatur Spiegel, 2018)

 

“There are no knives in the kitchens of the city”

“Most important voice of Syrian literature today” — (La Reppublica, 2018)

“The horror of living in Aleppo come pounding to life in this book” — (The New York Times, 2016)

“Magnificent” (Barnes and Nobel, 2016)

 “Superb” “A pleasure to read” (The Guardian, 2016)

 

 

Cessions

  • Death is hard work (2015)

Actes Sud, Sindbad (France, 2018)
Farrar Strauss Giroux (USA, 2019)
Faber (UK, 2019)
Bompiani (2019, Italy)
Rowohlt (2019, 2018)
Green Books (2017, Malayalam / India)
Prozart (to appear, Macedonia)
Sonia Draga (to appear, Poland)
Kastaniotis (to appear, Greece)

 

  • There are no knives in the kitchens of the city (2013)

Actes Sud, Sindbad (2014, France)
De Geus (2015, Netherlands)
Hoopoe, AUC (2016, World English / Egypt)
Bompiani (2018, Italy)
Rowohlt (to appear, Germany)
Prozart (to appear, Macedonia)
Tudem Egitim (to appear, Turkey)
Pax (to appear, Norway)

  • In praise of hatred (2006 – 2008) 

Bompiani (2011, Italy)
Actes Sud, Sindbad (2011, France)
De Geus (2011, Netherlands)
Minuskel (2011, Norway)
Lumen (2012, Spain)
Transworld (2012, UK)
Korridor (2013, Denmark)

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