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[21 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 115 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 | 100 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 | 147 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 …

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[16 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 155 views]
“A strikingly truthful book” – L’Express on Yazbek’s The Crossing

Interview by Christian Makarian for l’Express, Published March 9, 2016
Below are excerpts translated into English.
In a strikingly truthful book, The Crossing (Stock), Samar Yazbek tells the daily atrocities of the war in Syria. She also explores the irreversible mechanisms of ultra-violence…
How do you define yourself facing the dislocation of Syria?
I am a Syrian writer, nothing else. I am a secular, journalist and activist involved with human rights – including the rights of women. I am neither Alawite or Sunni, or Christian, I refuse to be defined by my confession. I am …

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[10 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 85 views]
Yazbek’s The Crossing is on the long list of the Orwell prize

The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. It is awarded each year for the book which come closest to George Orwell’s ambition to ‘make political writing into an art’.
Samar Yazbek is on the Orwell’s long list with her book on Syria, The Crossing. The winner will be announced end of May.

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[6 Mar 2016 | No Comment | 137 views]
Yazbek’s The Crossing is “a little gem” – says La grande librairie’s journalist, France 5’s TV cultural show

Yazbek was featured on La grande librairie last Thursday, guest of Francois Busnel,  along with Amin Maalouf and Erik Orsenna, both of which thought the book was important.