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Neuö Zürcör Zäitung: The Crossing: “Yazbek presents a balanced account”

This article by Angela Schader, was published by NZZ, on September 22, 2015
“Where the sceptre of war leads: Atef Abu Saif has breakfast with drones, and Samar Yazbek travels through destroyed Syria”
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At the beginning of “The Stolen Revolution” [The Crossing], Samar Yazbek takes a peculiar position.
All the details of this report are real, she writes, there is only one fictitious character here – myself:

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Douaihy and Khalifa among the FT’s meaningful contemporary authors with a “powerful style of fiction”

This article was written by Heba Saleh for the Financial Times. Only a few excerpts are featured below. For the full article, please refer to the Financial Times‘ website. Published on October 6th 2015.
Photo credit: The Guardian, Sedat Suna
As the Arab world grapples with unrest across many of its countries, the Arab novel, a form that has undergone something of a revival in recent years, has found inspiration in the region’s political cataclysms. A powerful style of fiction has emerged that probes subjects relating to freedom, violence, identity, religion and the failure …

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Yazbek to Business Day: “We consume the news and then toss it out into the rubbish. This is what the Syrians have become in four years.”

A review by by Rehana Rossouw, for Business Day, published September 25, 2015
Photo credit: Muhsin Akgun
IN SYRIA millions of people’s lives, homes and livelihoods have been destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of abject refugees are streaming out to neighbouring countries and Europe. Since the start of the war in 2011 more than 250,000 Syrians have died — inside the country and on their way out — as Aylan Kurdi’s body on a beach will forever testify.
Samar Yazbek travels in the opposite direction, crawling under the barbed wire on the border with Turkey, …

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Yazbek to Handelsblatt “Europe has picked the wrong fight”

This article was commissioned to the author by Handelsblatt, September 25, 2015
Things must seem a little familiar for the Europeans, at least for the older generations. The images are the same, even if this time they are in color and are shown in their living rooms, instead of being black-and-white pictures viewed at the local movie theater. They are the images from the years after both World Wars, images of flight and displacement. Horrible images.

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