New publication: “A Green Bus Leaving Aleppo”
Ediciones del Oriente y del Mediterráneo has published this novel by
Syrian Kurdish author Jan Dost, depicting the reality experienced by
civilians forced to leave Eastern Aleppo in December of 2016, after
years of conflict and repression by the Bashar al-Assad regime.
July 01, 2020
“What I hoped to achieve with this novel was a depiction of the situation lived by civilians within the context of war: civilians who sought neither war nor conflict. I hoped to show that neutrality does not exist in wars. In wars, one becomes a victim, whether on one side or the other. The fires of war do not distinguish between a dry tree and green one: they burn blindly and light up the entire forest.” Jan Dost
Jan Dost is a Syrian Kurdish poet, writer and translator who was born in the city of Kobani (Aleppo district) in 1965. In the year 2000, he left Syria due to the lack of freedom to write and publish in Kurdish, seeking exile in Germany. He has had ten novels and four poetry books published in Kurdish and Arabic, and he has received several literary awards, including the Award for Best Short Novel in Kurdish in Syria in 1993,; the Award for Poetry in Kurdish, in Germany in 2012; the Creativity Award given by the magazine Damascus in London, in 2013, and the Hussein Arif Novel Award in the region of Kurdistan, in 2014. “A Green Bus Leaving Aleppo” is his first work to be translated into Spanish, as “Un autobús verde sale de Alepo.”
Here you can watch a video of the interview between the author, Jan Dost, and the translator of the Spanish edition, Naomí Ramírez Díaz.
The book is on sale at Casa Árabe’s Balqís bookstore.