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In Praise of Hatred, By Khaled Khalifa
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize, 2014.
Friday 26 April 2013
Banned on publication in Syria, Khalifa's third novel - longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013 - is set not in present-day Aleppo but in the decade following 1970 when the Muslim Brotherhood became locked in battle with the state's Baathist party.
The conflict - reminiscient in its terror of today's troubles in Syria - ended in 1982, when an attempted uprising was brutally crushed.
Radically, the novel, translated by Leri Price, profiles the psychology of fanaticism from a female perspective.
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