I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and have finally gotten around to making the post! Going forward, every month or so, I will give away a book from my personal book wish list that has captured my attention. Without further ado…

no knives in the kitchens book coverEnter to win a copy of No Knives in the Kitchens of This City by Khaled Khalifa! Open to US residents only

About the book (from AUC Press)

Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature: an eloquent portrayal of life under dictatorship by an acclaimed Syrian writer

In the once beautiful city of Aleppo, one Syrian family descends into tragedy and ruin. Irrepressible Sawsan flirts with militias, the ruling party, and finally religion, seeking but never finding salvation. She and her siblings and mother are slowly choked in violence and decay, as their lives are plundered by a brutal regime. Set between the 1960s and 2000s, No Knives in the Kitchens of this City unravels the systems of fear and control under Assad. With eloquence and startling honesty, it speaks of the persecution of a whole society.

About the author (from AUC Press)

Khaled Khalifa was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1964. A founding editor of the literary magazine Alif, he is the author of four novels, including In Praise of Hatred. He has also written numerous scripts for TV dramas and films, several of which have won awards, and screenplays for several feature films. No Knives in the Kitchens of This City was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2013 and was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014. Leri Price is the translator of Khaled Khalifa‘s In Praise of Hatred.


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