"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."
Yazbek's La Marcheuse follows Rima, a girl from Damascus who cannot stop walking.
"It is not only the world of the marginalized people living in the dark background of the city, but is intertwined with the lives of their animals."
Swaying between a hostile wind And a friendly one
Each time I begin to write about love the other woman reaches out and pushes my fingers from the keyboard
Mina, co-founder of the Arab Writers Union in Syria, wrote more than 40 acclaimed novels, chronicling the injustices of the twentieth century.
"We had no experience of dealing with something like this. The smell from the hospital was like the stench of rotten eggs. We gave people the standard facemasks but it did no good."
"Syrian poets opened crossings and paved paths, molded styles and discovered untouched poetic terrains in Arab poetics. Had we omitted three of them: Adonis, Muhammad al-Maghut and Nizar Qabbani, Arabic poetry would have probably looked very different today."
In your book, you wrote about that part of the world called the Middle East: “This is a simple and, I think, consequently a happy part of the world."