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[30 Nov 2016 | No Comment | 90 views]
The French prize of the Best Foreign Book was awarded to Yazbek’s The Crossing yesterday!

This is a translation of an article by Gregoire Lemenager for Nouvel Observateur.
The prize for the Best Foreign Book (Meilleur Livre Etranger), the jury of which includes critics and publishers, is awarded on 29 November. There are two awards, one for fiction and one for non-fiction.
In the non-fiction category, the prize was awarded to Samar Yazbek’s The Crossing.

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[14 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 48 views]
Yazbek’s “Les portes du néant” (“The crossing”) is on the shortlist of the prestigious French Médicis award

There are 14 titles on the shortlist, and the winner will be announced on October 10th. The Prix Médicis aims at giving recognition to authors whose fame does not match their talent. The prize was awarded to authors such as Jean Echenoz, Philippe Sollers, Sorj Chalandon or Marie Darieussecq in the past.
Earlier in the summer, Samar Yazbek was given the title of”Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”, or “Knight of literature”, by the French ministry of culture. This title is a sign of recognition of the services Yazbek …

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[21 Apr 2016 | No Comment | 77 views]
A “formidable” narrative – Le Monde des Livres honours Yazbek’s The Crossing

Jean Hatzfeld for Le Monde des Livres, April 15  2016
Les Portes du néant, à la frontière turque, s’ouvrent une première fois sur la route qui mène à la région d’Idlib, dans le nord-ouest de la Syrie. Samar Yazbek les franchit en août 2012, en se faufilant dans un trou creusé sous des barbelés. Une voiture l’attend, qui traverse la nuit sur un fond sonore de bombardements, avec à l’intérieur Maysara et Mohammed, deux frères d’armes rebelles : ses anges gardiens.

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[21 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 61 views]
Le Nouvel Observateur: Yazbek’s The Crossing “makes her comparable to Orwell”

Gregoire Lemenager, for Le Nouvel Observateur, March 20th 2016
(…) She who until now scanned the gray areas of the good Damascene society in daring novels ( “Cinnamon” tells the homosexual relationship of a bourgeois with her housekeeper), then published “In the crossfire” (Buchet-Chastel, 2012) and collects literary awards that applaud her courage.

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[21 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 71 views]
Liberation draws Yazbek’s portrait and reviews The Crossing, a “Colossal work”

By Jean-Louis Le Touzet, for Liberation, March 20, 2016
Photo credit: Mathieu Zazzo, Liberation
 
Men make war. But a woman, blonde, cat-eyed, 46-year old Syrian of high education was needed to paint Syria’s death. No other brush was ever dipped in as many tears to tell the intoxication of brutality in a country under the yoke of a double punishment: that of a totally deranged regime and that of the unbearable cruelty of fanatical Islamists . To be clear, about Syria, we read everything and read nothing. Rarely such a plunging view of demolition was ever published. This is what this …

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[16 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 63 views]
“A remarkable narrative to get rid of indifference” – Le Figaro on Yazbek’s The Crossing

By Charles Jaigu, for Le Figaro, March 13, 2016
(…) One must read this remarkable narrative to get rid of the indifference to the crackle of images, and of testimonies heard on the fly. It is not enough to know that terrible events are taking place in the world. A story longer than 140 signs needs to give them form and color.
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Samar Yazbek’s story  is valuable as a literary testimony.  It is also valuable as a geopolitical analysis. It goes from the fog of war, the confusion of fighting, and gradually goes back to the general idea: quite simply, Bachar El Assad is the cause
behind all the evil… To those who… consider that the priority is primarily the fight …