Planet of Clay

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Pub Date 5 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 7 Sep 2021

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE

Planet of Clay is a devastating novel about human resilience and fragility in a time of war.” Foreword Reviews, starred review

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

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.

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE

Planet of Clay is a devastating novel about human resilience and fragility in a time of war.” Foreword Reviews, starred review

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A Note From the Publisher

UK Edition Details

Pub Date: August 26, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-912987-23-8

Price: £12.99

UK Edition Details

Pub Date: August 26, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-912987-23-8

Price: £12.99


Advance Praise

Praise for Samar Yazbek

“One of Syria’s most gifted novelists.” —CNN

“Yazbek’s is the urgent task of showing the world what is happening. Thanks to her, we can read about the appalling things that go on in secret, underground places.” —The Guardian

Praise for Planet of Clay

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

“With the brazenness typical of her recent work, Samar Yazbek immerses us in the horror of the Syrian conflict, and the way it resonates in the flesh and minds of those who are living it. It is through the women whom the author has met on the ground at certain moments throughout this war that she describes the capacity for resistance in the face of atrocity.” —Libération

“An ingenious character and a literary approach on the verge of the unimaginable. Samar Yazbek's novel is brave on many levels.” —Göteborgs-Posten

Planet of Clayis a deeply original, almost surreal fantasia, written in a simple, clear style. But the surrealistic stroke is raised, because the evil and the suffering surrounding Rima are real to such a great extent … A novel like Planet of Clay filters through all our conscious and unconscious blinkers.” —Arbetarbladet

“We others can only read—and cry.” —Kristeligt Dagblad

“The book left this reader very touched, beyond the cruel reality it describes, because of Yazbek’s sense of details.” —Weekendavisen

“An invaluable voice from Syria.” —Dagens Nyheter

“The text is true—literally true, that is. How can you truly describe a rational chemical warfare? By letting the process behind the sense of the text break. A radical and visionary move made by Samar Yazbek.” —Sveriges Radio

Praise for Samar Yazbek

“One of Syria’s most gifted novelists.” —CNN

“Yazbek’s is the urgent task of showing the world what is happening. Thanks to her, we can read about the appalling things that go...


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