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[3 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 170 views]
Khalifa interviewed by Al Hayat – translated by Syrian Observer

The Syrian writer Khalid Khalifa moves inside Damascus from one neighborhood to another, moving in what he describes as “bourgeois displacement”. The writer says he doesn’t believe he is entitled to the honor of saying he shares the suffering of real displacement in refugees camps.

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[24 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 80 views]
Al Ahram English interviews Khalifa

“We should look to ourselves as part of the world, a lot of efforts should be made to make the Arabic novel able to compete with world literature, and this could happen through translation, world prizes and many other things.”

Khalifa has a belief that this will not occur through one person’s effort or success: “I’m telling you we will not make it as individuals, but as a culture.”

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[10 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 126 views]
Khaled Khalifa’s “There are no knives” on the IPAF’s shortlist!

For the second time, a novel by Khaled Khalifa is on the shortlist of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), also known as the Arab Man Booker. “There are no knives” is co-published by Dar El Ain, Egypt, and Dar Al Adab, Lebanon. In 2008, Khalifa’s “In praise of hatred” was also shortlisted for the IPAF.

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[12 Dec 2013 | No Comment | 193 views]
Khalifa’s “There are no knives” is awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2013

This prize, awarded since 1996 is a major award for contemporary Arabic literature.

The award is presented annually on December 11, the birthday of Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, by the President of the American University in Cairo in the presence of the Minister of Culture and many other prominent leaders of Egypt’s cultural life.

Exceptionally, and for the first time, the winner of the prize was unable to receive the award in person. Khaled Khalifa was not given permission to leave Syria by the authorities.

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[20 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 168 views]
Guernica magazine draws a portrait of Khaled Khalifa

Khaled always entered first and greeted the customers sitting at tables near the door. He bent down, kissed the men, flirted with the women, and strutted to where Nabil, Qasabji’s owner, had cleaned a spot for us. He ordered either a glass of arak or the local Damascene beer, Barada, pulled a cigarette from his pack, lit it, and added to the purplish haze of smoke.

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[16 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 122 views]

“Syria has no choice but hope.”