YAZBEK Samar

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Biography

 
Born in 1970 in Jable, Syria, Samar Yazbek studied literature before beginning her career as a journalist and a script writer for Syrian television and cinema. She currently lives in Paris.
Yazbek was an active participant in “Women Initiative Organization”, dedicated to the defense of women’s and children’s rights. She was involved in “Liberties”, a center which defends the freedom of speech for journalists in Syria. She also was the editor of “Women of Syria”, an electronic magazine and free observatory that focuses on women, children and community in Syria. Such issues are at the heart of her literary work, and for this reason her books have been controversial and severely criticized by the regime.

In 2011 Samar Yazbek was the first to publish an account of the Syrian uprising’s first four months, In the crossfire: A diary of the Syrian revolution, where she carefully documented the protests and the repression, recorded valuable testimonies, and described her personal despair. In 2012, The book was awarded the PEN Pinter award in the UK and the Pen Tucholsky prize in Sweden. In 2013, the book was awarded the PEN Oxfam Novib prize in the Netherlands. The crossing won the “Best foreign book” award in France, and was shortlisted for the Medicis. The blue pen was on the third and final selection of the French Femina award. 

In the press

 
“The blue pen”

“Words can build a better world and repel ugliness” — (L’Express, 2018)

The “Grace” of Yazbek — (Le Monde, 2018)

“Did Samar Yazbek write our most important novel?” — (Forlagsliv, 2018)

“Powerful” “Poignant” — (Livres Hebdo, 2018)

Yazbek’s Blue Pen “crafts an original voice” “foreign and innovative imagery” — (Dagbladet, 2018)

“Ingenious character, and a literary approach on the verge of the unimaginable” – (GP, Sweden, 2018)

“The crossing”

“Formidable narrative” — (Le Monde, 2016)

“Comparable to Orwell” — (Le Nouvel Observateur, 2016)

“Colossal” — (Liberation, 2016)

“Remarable” — (Le Figaro, 2016)

“Indispensable” — (Adfonbladet, 2015)

“Yazbek is comparable to Svetlana Alexievich” — (SVT, 2015)

“Schocking, searing and beautiful” — (The Daily Beast, 2015)

“Powerful and deeply painful” — (The Times Literary Supplement, 2015)

“Crosses the line from journalism to high literary art” — (The observer, 2015)

 

Cessions

 

  • 19 women: Tales of resilience from Syria (2018)

Stock (to appear, France)
Ordfront (2019, Sweden)
Sellerio (to appear, Italy)

  • The blue pen (2018)

Stock (2018, France)
Ordfront (2018, Sweden)
Cappelen Damm (2018, Norway)
Kristelight Dagblads (2017, Denmark(
Orlando (to appear, Netherlands)

  • The crossing (2015) 

Rider Books, Ebury, Penguin Random House (2015, UK)
Nagel & Kimche, Hanser (2015, Germany)
Ordfront (2015, Sweden)
Cappelen Damm (2015, Norway)
Stella Maris (2016, Spain)
Stock (2016, France)
Euthalia (2016, Portugal)
Karakter (2016, Poland)
Kastaniotis (2016, Greece)
Corint books (Romania)
Kristeligt Dagblads (2016, Denmark)
Ethir Veliyedu (Tamil / India)
Walkers (Complex Chinese, Taiwan)
Shanghai Translation Pub. House (Simplified Chinese, China)
Sellerio (2017, Italy)
Prozart (to appear, Macedonia)
Green books (to appear, Malayalam / India)
Hakusui-Sha (to appear, Japan)

 

  • In the crossfire (2012)

Buchet-Chastel (2012, France)
Haus (2012, UK)
Nagel & Kimche, Hanser (2012, Germany)
Nigh & Ditmar (2013, Netherlands)
Timas (2013, Turkey)

  • In her mirrors (2010)

Castelvecchi (Italy)

  • Cinnamon (2008) 

Castelvecchi (2011, Italy)
Arabia books, Haus (2013, UK)
Buchet-Chastel (2013, France)
Ordfront (2013, Sweden)
Cappelen Damm (2013, Norway)
Nagel & Kimche, Hanser (2014, Germany)
Guldunya (Turkey)

 

[Updated March, 2019]

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