Selamlik (Paperback)

Selamlik By Khaled Alesmael, Leri Price (Translator) Cover Image

Selamlik (Paperback)

By Khaled Alesmael, Leri Price (Translator)

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An unflinching story about Arab masculinity and homoeroticism Furat, a Syrian in his early 20s,
visits Sibki Park in Damascus, one of the city's most popular cruising areas. There
he learns about the hammams, secret meeting places for gay men located
throughout the old city. Inside these public baths, the air is thick with the
scent of bay laurel soap, and naked men hide in the steam. Furat faces sometimes
violent disapproval from all levels of society-regime, religion, the man in the
street--and yet he manages to find the love he's been seeking just before his
world collapses and he's forced to flee. Selamlik is the story of Furat's
journey, along with that of other refugees. It's a journey in which they face
physical and economic hardship, draconian migration laws, and the unwelcome
grief, shame, and hatred they've carried with them from their ever more distant
pasts. Despite everything, Furat remains steadfast in his pursuit of passion, pleasure,
and love.
Khaled Alesmael is a writer and journalist from Syria, where he was co-founder of a major music radio station. Now based in London, his writings on sex, LGBTQ+, and migration--in both English and Arabic--have a dedicated international readership. Throughout his career, he has lived and worked in several capital cities in the Middle East and Europe and received the International Visitor Program to the US for his work as an environmental journalist. His debut novel Selamlik has been widely acclaimed and was shortlisted for the 2021 German SKOUTZ Award.Leri Price is an award-winning literary translator of contemporary Arabic fiction. Price's translation of Khaled Khalifa's Death Is Hard Work was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Translated Literature and winner of the 2020 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Her translation of Planet of Clay by Samar Yazbek, also published by World Editions, was a Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Translated Literature. Price's other recent translations include Sarab by award-winning writer Raja Alem and Where the Wind Calls Home by influential Syrian writer Samar Yazbek.
Product Details ISBN: 9781642861488
ISBN-10: 1642861480
Publisher: World Editions
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English