"I don’t know how many hours I’d spent in solitary confinement. I was alone with four cold silent walls. I couldn’t hear anyone’s voice in that gloomy cell, and I don’t think anyone could hear me."
"By voicing their stories within interrogation sequences, Yazji’s refugee women expose the violence of bureaucratic and xenophobic questions as part of what contributes to their trauma."
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.
"At the end, what is essential is to write a good literary work, and to hell with prizes."
"You are my prison, you are my prison and my freedom, you are the one I hate and the one I love."
Winners will be announced on November 20.
Dozens of soldiers will love me now They will shove me onto a bed of blank bullets
"I sprinted towards them as they battered away. Tried, but could not open the bolted door. I shouted out, called at the top of my voice for those around me to help, but to no avail."
"We want these works to be produced in the English-speaking world."
"As for Syria, I enjoy the books of Nihad Sirees, Faisal Khartash, Khalil Sweileh, Khaled Khalifa, and Maha Hassan."
You will also ‘feel’ the beauty of Aleppo before the war, and the sorrow of what happened to it during the conflict.
"The concept of exile, I think, is usually accompanied by a feeling of alienation. I don’t feel alienated in Egypt. I don’t feel that I am a stranger. But had I been in my country in this age, would I have written about my loneliness? I am not sure. I tend to think no. So, perhaps this collection can be included in the poetry of exile."