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[3 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 110 views]
Samar Yazbek featured in the BBC’s new show, the Cultural Frontline

Listen to her piece on the website of the Cultural Frontline, where Arts and news collide.

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[3 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 101 views]
The Crossing among the best books of 2015, according to The Guardian

Carla Kweifio-Okai, about The Crossing, for The Guardian, December 2015
The Syrian refugee crisis was the defining story of 2015. For exiled Syrian journalist Samar Yazbek, it was deeply personal and years in the making. In this compelling read, Yazbek weaves her experiences of the civil war with snapshots of the life cycle of the crisis – from early street demonstrations against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, to the multi-faceted conflict we face today.

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[3 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 285 views]
The Shell, by Moustafa Khalifa, “mesmerizing” autobiographical novel – Publishing perspectives

Olivia Snaije, for Publishing Perspectives, December 2015
The Shell as part of the “top books” of 2015. Snaije says:
“Last but not least, La Coquille, (The Shell) by Moustafa Khalifé, a book I read in French, translated from Arabic, gave me the distinct feeling once I had finished it that I was no longer the same. Masterfully translated by Stéphanie Dujols, this autobiographical novel about 13 years spent in a Syrian prison is devastating and altogether mesmerizing, as terrible as the story is.

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[24 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 457 views]
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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[30 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 102 views]
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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[30 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 115 views]
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.