Samar Yazbek

Samar Yazbek Silsal


Arab Scientific Publishers
Langue: arabe
1. Édition ()
Paperback, 208 pages
ISBN 9789953875286
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Samar Yazbek was born in 1970 in Jableh, a small town on Syria's Medi­ter­ra­nean shore. She studied Arabic lite­ra­ture in Lattakia and today works as an editor for »Nisa' Suriya« ( This website is dedi­cated to human rights, espe­cially the rights and free­doms of women. She is also an editor and presenter of a cultural programme on Syrian tele­vi­sion, a script­writer, and regu­larly she writes regu­larly for various Arabic news­pa­pers, inclu­ding »al-Hayat«. Her first two short story collec­tions, »Baqat kharif« (1999, tr: Autumn Boui­quet) and »Mufradat imra'a« (tr: A Woman's Words) can be seen as attempts at self-asser­tion. She began to ques­tion various taboos in Syrian society in her first novel, »Tiflat as-sama« (2002, tr: Heavenly Girl), which became typical of all her ensuing novels. In her début she exposes repres­sive social insti­tu­tions, such as the family and reli­gion, while her second novel »Salsal« (2005, tr: Clay) concen­t­rates on the rela­ti­onship between society and politics and the power of the mili­tary. In her third novel »Ra'ihat al-qurfa« (2008, tr: The Scent of Cinnamon) the author uses the doomed love affair between a lady and her maid­ser­vant to illu­s­t­rate the impos­si­bi­lity of love in an unequal society in which people are not judged by the same stan­dards. Her most recent work »Jabal az-zanabiq« (2008, tr: The Moun­tain of Lilies) defies cate­go­ri­sa­tion. It consists of seventy-seven dreams and is narrated by a woman who, inspired by »Alice in Wonder­land«, moves, through a kind of free asso­cia­tion, around the world. These texts, which combine surreal and night­ma­rish elements, display the author's skill in brin­ging toge­ther tech­ni­ques and stylistic aspects drawn from diffe­rent genres - legends, folk tales, natural history, poetry, children's lite­ra­ture, and film. Samar Yazbek was awarded first prize by the UN for a tele­vi­sion script concer­ning the issue of child brides. She lives in Damascus.