In this short film, Sinjab sticks very close to Khalifa, who drives us around, sings for us, reads to us, washes dishes for us, shows us his mementos, and tells us about his life.
Winners will be announced on November 20.
“It’s not easy to say goodbye to half a century of your life and wait for someone you love to drown.”
“‘No Knives’ advances to the NTA’s five-book shortlist along with titles translated from the Spanish, German, French, and Swedish.”
“There is no shortage of varieties of shame: of body, of one’s sexuality or lack of sexuality, of modest or immodest dress, of impoverished dress, of ugliness, of age, of illness, of disability, of vanity, of religion, of doubting one’s religion, of being complicit with the regime, of Syrianness, of having no ‘important’ family roots, of people who talk incessantly about their roots.”
“Khalifa’s novel, deprived of its original concluding chapter, is transformed by the publisher and reviewers into Orientalist ethnographicism, inviting audiences to a ‘peek inside’ the harem.”
“I have always wondered about the ability of some writers to remain silent while the body parts of their own people are strewn about: murdered or drowned, refugees or prisoners; when a regime destroys a country and kills civilians, with impunity and for its own survival.”
Several Syrian artists will tour the UK this June to launch Syria Speaks, a new PEN-supported anthology of art and culture to be published by Saqi Books.
Asmaa Abdallah reviewed Khaled Khalifa’s There are No Knives in the Kitchens of This City, translator Lissie Jaquette talked about why the novel will succeed in English, and now al-Mustafa Najjar has interviewed Khalifa, talking about why he continues to set his novels in Aleppo, the duty of the writer, and what sort of characters he enjoys writing.
On December 11, Khaled Khalifa’s ‘No Knives in the Kitchens of This City’ was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal. ArabLit checked in with Elisabeth Jaquette, who has translated an excerpt of the novel.
This year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature has been awarded to Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa for his ‘No Knives in the Kitchens of this City’ (2013).
Syrian novelist Khaled al-Khalifa posted this statement on his Facebook page. Translation, with slight editing, Lina Sinjab: