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Yazbek: “Isis kills 10 people, and the world is outraged. Asad kills thousands, and the world watches in silence”.

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[2 Jul 2015 | No Comment | 140 views]
Sunday Times reviews Yazbek’s The Crossing: “A sobering glimpse of the wreckage that will be discovered when the war finally ends”

Margarette Driscoll, for Sunday Times, published June 28, 2015
Photo credit: Ulf Andersen, for the Sunday Times
[ Below a few excerpts ]
The battle for Tal Abyad, a Syrian border town, was playing out as I began The Crossing. The nightly news showed weather-beaten, exhausted refugees flooding to the Turkish border, only to be turned back at the last moment by black-clad Isis fighters blocking their way to freedom. Their despair and distress were visible across the barbed wire fence.
It was somewhere along that border, one night in August 2012, that Samar …

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[30 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 100 views]
Edited excerpt from Yazbek’s “The Crossing” in The Guardian

This excerpt was published by The Guardian on June 28, 2015.
Photo credit: The Guardian, Sedat Suna, EPA
The barbed wire lacerated my back. I was trembling uncontrollably. After long hours spent waiting for nightfall, to avoid attracting the attention of Turkish soldiers, I finally raised my head and gazed up at the distant sky, darkening to black. Under the wire fence marking the line of the border a tiny burrow had been dug out, just big enough for one person. My feet sank into the soil and the barbs mauled my back …

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[29 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 193 views]
The Observer: Yazbek “crosses the line from journalism to high literary art”

This piece is by Andrew Hussey, for The Observer, published June 28th 2015. Read the full article here.
Photo credit: Ed Alcock for The Observer.
As she sits at a cafe table in the 7th arrondissement – elegant and intense, waving around a Gitane for emphasis – it’s hard to imagine a more Parisian figure than the writer Samar Yazbek. Except that she is speaking to me mostly in her native Syrian Arabic (we use an interpreter). And for all her wit and charm, the stories she is telling me are horrifying. …

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[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 203 views]

Only the narrative of horror seems to cancel the cultural diversity among the most impermeable Western civilisation and the Arab one

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[30 Sep 2014 | No Comment | 271 views]
Avvenire, The Shell is a “chilling description of torture” – Mostafa Khalifa

Mostafa Khalifa’s is a scream from the silence of the prisons of the regime, a cry to be heard with the hope of freeing the future.