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[20 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 85 views]
Hoda Barakat to Il Manifesto: “Exile has little to do with geography”

By Guido Caldion, for Il Manifesto, published on November 15h, 2015
Hoda Barakat is among the most famous and brilliant Lebanese authors. She has lived in Paris for the past thirty years, at Place de la République, the epicentre of the terrorist attack that hit the French capital. Deeply knowledgeable about the works of Marcel Proust and Robert Musil, but also about the Arab poets of the ninth and tenth centuries, Barakat investigates the symbols and history of the Middle Eastern countries, returning to the crisis in that part of the world…
Born in 1952 in Beirut to a Christian …

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[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 48 views]
The Daily Beast on Yazbek’s The Crossing: “Schocking, searing and beautiful”

By Robin Yassin Kassan, for The Daily Beast, November 4th, 2015
Photo credit: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
The Syrians Who Refused to Give Up
Syrian horrors and hopes almost defy description. Samar Yazbek’s passion and literary skill somehow manage to do them justice.

Samar Yazbek’s searing new book about her Syrian homeland is a testament to the indomitable spirit of her countrymen in their struggle against the Assad regime.
Samar Yazbek’s shocking, searing, and beautiful new book, The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria, describes three visits to Idlib province in northern Syria, …

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La Cite, on Douaihy’s American Neighborhood: “A novel the power of which many documentarians would envy”

An interview conducted by William Irigoyen, for La Cite, published in November 2015.
A few excerpts below in the French original, and in English.
Photo credit: Samih Zaatari, La Cite.
Thus summed up in its broad lines, the story would present only little interest, if it did not give a new opportunity to the author to dissect this society he knows so well, and the flaws of which he loves depicting: corruption (“At the time of the elections, the rich were buying people’s votes; people wondered how they could have amassed such fortunes”); money that allows everything.
Book after …

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[8 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 97 views]
Hoda Barakat at Sharjah’s International Book Fair:  ‘Genres are not of writers’ concern’

Sharjah: It is not a writer’s job to categorise his or her book into any particular genre, it is for readers or critics to decide, a panel of Arab writers echoed during a literary session on the first evening of Sharjah International Book Fair 2015.
In a session on similarities between literary genres, a panel of renowned Arab writers Dr Shukri Al Makhbout, Fatima Sultan Al Mazroui and Hoda Barakat shared their thoughts on the similarities between genres and how writers are least bothered about the issues of classification of their …

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