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[27 Sep 2018 | No Comment | 16 views]
L’Express reviews Yazbek’s Blue pen “words can build a better world and repel ugliness”

Published by L’Express. September 26 2018.
She understands French, but prefers to speak in Arabic. For fear of losing her tongue: “It would be a double exile”, explains Samar Yazbek with a serious smile, refugee in France since the summer of 2011. For having participated in the revolt against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, this secular intellectual and democratic has become a prey for extremists of all stripes. “And I would feel even more guilty,” she continues.

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Le Monde reviews The Blue Pen and the “grace” of Samar Yazbek

Published by Le Monde, September 27, 2018. By Eglal Errera.
Also featured in Le Monde des Livres.
Among all the works that come to us from Syria or from the diaspora, this novel has a unique timbre that mixes absolute realism and wonder.

Venturing into what is most intimate, Yazbek returns to the novel, her original vocation (Cinnamon, Buchet-Chastel, 2013). Amongst all the works that come to us from Syria or from the diaspora, this novel has a unique timbre that mixes absolute realism to wonder. Rima, the narrator of La Marcheuse (The blue pen), is silent. She hears the sound of her …

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Forlagsliv asks: Did Samar Yazbek write our most important novel?

Published by Forlagsliv, May 9, 2018

Samar Yazbek’s new novel, The Blue Pen, gives a unique insight into everyday life in civil-war Syria.

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Livres Hebdo calls Yazbek’s “The Blue Pen” a Powerful, Poignant Novel

Published by Livres Hebdo, June 30, 2018

“Syrian writer Samar Yazbek imagines a very metaphorical female protagonist who discovers war and the virtues of literature.”

The Blue Pen, in French “La marcheuse”, will be published end of August 2019.

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Dagbladet: Yazbek’s Blue Pen “crafts an original voice” “foreign and innovative imagery”

Published by Dagbladet, May 11, 2018

The girl that is tied up 
Syrian Samar Yazbek expresses the horror of war in a novel that resembles a strange fairytale.

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[28 Jun 2018 | No Comment | 18 views]
Bresciaoggi Reviews Wannous’ The Frightened: “An intimate novel that tells the plight of a war-torn Syria”

Published by Bresciaoggi, May 31, 2018
“The Frightened” live and suffer in Syria
Tearing, creeping, uninterrupted. It is fear, a devastating fury that annihilates. How to define it: state of mind, obsession, modus vivendi? Surely it is a force that takes on different connotations, from anxiety to torment to panic.