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Planet of Clay
Samar Yazbek

World Editions
September 2021
On Sale: September 7, 2021
336 pages
ISBN: 1642861014
EAN: 9781642861013
Kindle: B08XWSZX8P
Trade Size / e-Book
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Literature and Fiction Literary

“Brave, rebellious and passionate … Yazbek is no ordinary Syrian dissident.” —Financial Times


“The Syrian writer Samar Yazbek evokes the horror of civil war with gripping lucidity.” —Le Monde


Rima, a young girl from Damascus, longs to walk, to be free to follow the will of her feet, but instead is perpetually constrained. Rima finds refuge in a fantasy world full of colored crayons, secret planets, and The Little Prince, reciting passages of the Qur’an like a mantra as everything and everyone around her is blown to bits. Since Rima hardly ever speaks, people think she’s crazy, but she is no fool—the madness is in the battered city around her. One day while taking a bus through Damascus, a soldier opens fire and her mother is killed. Rima, wounded, is taken to a military hospital before her brother leads her to the besieged area of Ghouta—where, between bombings, she writes her story. In Planet of Clay, Samar Yazbek offers a surreal depiction of the horrors taking place in Syria, in vivid and poetic language and with a sharp eye for detail and beauty.

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