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Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun on Douaihy’s American Neighborhood: “One must absolutely read this book, imbued with intelligence and humanity”

By Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun, for En attendant Nadeau, published on February 10, 2016
The American neighbourhood, last novel Jabbour Douaihy, is as a long love letter to Tripoli, Northern Lebanese city where the author spent much of his childhood and where he teaches French literature …
This beautiful novel, of classical style with the fate of its characters intersecting and intertwining, with no downtimes, is a pleasurable and emotional read.

This beautiful novel, of classical style with the fate of its characters intersecting and intertwining, with no downtimes, is a pleasurable and emotional read. …

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Khaled Khalifa’s “Death is hard work”

Belbol’s father just passed away in a Damascus hospital. His last request to his son was to be burried in his hometown of Aannabiya, in the province of Aleppo.

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Aftonbladet on The Crossing: “Yazbek’s book on Syria is indispensable… a painfully beautiful prose”

Elise Karlsson, for Aftonbladet, November 13th, 2015
Even after a country has ceased to exist, people continue to live in it. When the snipers monitor the streets, neighbors open their houses to allow passage, through this alternative road. At night, every night, when the bombs fall, you run you down in the basement with the kids and talk to each other while the paint falls from the ceiling in white flakes.
When the bombs fall so often that it no longer makes sense to be above ground, people move down below the surface. Ancient Roman tombs are opened …

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Yazbek to Aftenposten: “ISIS has become a symbol of revolution; the Islamist movement results from the leftist movement’s failure”

Thea Storoy Elnan, for Aftenposten, November 23, 2015
Photo credit: Tor Stenersen
While schools and the subways are closed in Brussels and other European countries implement high terror alerts, Samar Yazbek disagrees with the way the Western media focusses on refugee flows.
– It is to ignore what is actually the root of the problem. The refugee crisis is a side effect, not the problem, she says.

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