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[23 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 61 views]
Yazbek to El Espanol: “For me, women are the real fighters of this war”

Interview conducted by Maria Torens, for El Espanol, November 12th, 2015
Photo credit: El Espanol
While hundreds of thousands of Syrians are fleeing their country to seek asylum in neighboring countries and Europe, you went the opposite direction in 2012 and 2013. It sounds crazy.
The situation was not so complicated. DAESH [acronym in Arabic the self-styled Islamic State] had not yet entered Syria. I was determined to come back and settle in our country. It was the beginning of the drift toward tragedy. Now I have also gone into exile [in France].

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[23 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 31 views]
El Diario Vasco interviews Yazbek: “The humanitarian reaction to the refugee crisis in Europe is great, but only addresses the consequences, not the cause”

Interview conducted by Arantza Furundarena, for El Diario Vasco, November 15th, 2015.
Photo credit: El Diario Vasco

– What are your dreams for you country?
– I dream of a a united, secular country, where religion is separate from politics.

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[23 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 100 views]
La Vanguardia interviews Yazbek: “Focusing only on ‘ISIS’ is wrong”

Interview conducted by Catalina Guerrero, for La Vanguardia, November 13th, 2015
Photo credit: Getty images
In Syria “we have to face two monsters: the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the ‘Daesh’ (Arabic acronym for the terrorist group Islamic State),” said writer and activist Samar Yazbek, who recounted in “The Crossing” the “atrocities” she has witnessed.
Her intention with this book, Yazbek explains, was “to set the record straight” and give a “voice” to the victims of  an “international war governed by the interests of the great powers” which has reduced her country to “rubbles”…

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[21 Sep 2015 | No Comment | 87 views]
Efekto about Douaihy’s June rain “A work of Arabic literature definitely away from the clichés of exoticism which places it squarely in modernity”

This review is by Jorge Iván Garduño, for Efekto, published in September 2015.
June rain is the story of a return home, from America to Lebanon, which transforms into the investigation of a crime: Elia seeks to find the reasons for the “incident”, as they call it in reference to the shooting that took place in the fifties, killing his father and forcing him to exile. But the investigation will have to rely on memory, photographs and conflicting accounts emerging from families immersed in an ongoing war.

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[16 Aug 2015 | No Comment | 74 views]
The Spanish literary magazine Detour reviews Douaihy’s “June rain”

Oscar Brox, for Detour, July 2015.
Approximate translation!
Back to the past, to follow the traces of time, and collect the voices of other lives. Memory has some frustrating puzzles the pieces of which refuse to fit. However many documents we collect, testimonies and details to provide their nuances, the past is never lived again with the same intensity…

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[19 May 2015 | No Comment | 65 views]
Douaihy’s “June rain” is out in Spanish!

Jabbour Douaihy’s novel “June rain” was acquired by Turner Libros. It was published this week.
June rain was published in French (Actes Sud), English (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation), Italian (Feltrinelli), German (Hanser), and will appear in Turkish soon. Visit the book’s page on this website.