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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 the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
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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