Articles tagged with: The Shell
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.
Ibn Rushd Foundation for the Freedom of Thought is an association based in Germany, whose members are from the Arab diaspora or live across various Arab countries. It takes its name after the philosopher Ibn Rushd (1126-1198), taking it upon itself to support free thought and democratic forces in the Arab world by offering an annual prize. The award is independent, funded by contributions from its members and donations from supporters, with no link to any political or ideological trends. The award’s topic change each year.
Only the narrative of horror seems to cancel the cultural diversity among the most impermeable Western civilisation and the Arab one
Mostafa Khalifa’s book is not only a complaint, but also bitter reflection on the horrors of which humans are guilty.