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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906697434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906697433
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[Her novel] is a defiant and resonating cry. Ground-breaking...it merits our attention and concern.'

About the Author

Samar Yazbek is a Syrian writer and journalist, born in Jableh in 1970. She is the author of several works of fiction. An outspoken critic of the Assad regime, but also of what she identifies as erroneous perceptions of ideological conformity within the Syrian Alawite community, Yazbek has been deeply involved in the Syrian uprising since it broke out in March, 2011. Yazbek was the recipient of the PEN/Pinter International Writer of Courage Award 2012, awarded to an author of outstanding literary merit who casts an 'unflinching' eye on the world. Yazbek's memoir A Woman in the Crossfire was published to great acclaim in 2012.

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This is very much a novella, coming in at 124 pages, despite what the Amazon product description currently says. It is the interwoven tales of two women, one rich, one poor, after a breakup one night. (The rich woman had employed the poor woman as a servant, and a bit more.)

This sort of intertwined stream-of-consciousness story is hard to pull off well, and Yazbek falters a bit at the start. But once you get your bearing it flows better. You certainly get a glimpse into different parts of Syrian society*, but the story is clearly not one that average Syrians, rich or poor, would actually live through.

Well written, albeit with some weaknesses in the broader plot, this slim book is worth reading if you want a glimpse into Syrian society.

* This is a before the civil war story, so don't expect it to represent Syria today.
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By C. Melcher on June 2, 2014
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More like 3.5. I enjoyed this very spare little book about the entwined lives of two Syrian women, one from a fairly comfortable although still not easy background, and her servant who grew up abused in poverty. I try to seek out books that give me views into the lives of people I don't know, from cultures unfamiliar to me and this does give a brief glimpse into two of those worlds, actually. Some scenes however may be especially disturbing to the sensibilities of western/American readers, and not just the physical and sexual abuse of women by men.
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Born in 1970 in Jable, Syria, Samar Yazbek studied literature before beginning her career as a journalist and a script writer for Syrian television and cinema. She is a novelist, and the author of 'A woman in the crossfire' (Haus for English, Buchet-Chastel for French, Nagel & Kimche for German). Samar Yazbek now lives in France.

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