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[16 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 153 views]

I was trying to buy a banned book in Damascus by one of Syria’s top literary figures, and to my surprise it seemed to be going rather well.

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[24 Oct 2008 | No Comment | 485 views]

Un papillon défiant les lignes de l’écriture
Dans son nouveau livre, Le Mont aux lis : histoires de songes (Dar Al-Mada), Samar Yazbek (1970) pose tout d’abord des questions liées au genre littéraire.

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[14 Apr 2008 | No Comment | 534 views]
Khaled Khalifa in the New York Times

“Banning books is normal for us here, it’s funny, even a little absurd. It’s not like Europe ‚”Ooh, I’ve been censored”

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[3 Jul 2007 | No Comment | 81 views]

Syrian author clashes with censors, urges liberty
Tue Jul 3, 2007
By Tom Perry
DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Author Khaled Khalifa tested the limits of freedom of expression in Syria with a novel exploring the government’s battle against Islamist militants in the 1980s. His “In Praise of Hatred”, published in Beirut, is officially banned in his own country. “They say the book is not permitted,” said the 43-year-old Syrian, smoking a cigarette as he leafed through a copy of the novel, its front cover concealed by newspaper.