Samar Yazbek is a Syrian writer and journalist. She has written in a wide variety of genres – novels, short stories, literary narratives, film scripts, television dramas, film and TV criticism. Yazbek has been a prominent voice in support of human rights and women’s rights in Syria. In 2012, she launched “Women Now for Development”, an NGO based in France that aims at empowering Syrian women economically and socially.
In 2011, she took part in the popular uprising against the Assad regime, and was forced to exile a few months later. She published her book In the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution in 2012, and was awarded the prestigious PEN/Pinter Prize “International Writer of Courage”, the Swedish Tucholsky Prize, and the Dutch Oxfam/PEN. In 2016, her book The Crossing, a literary narrative on the transformation of the Syrian revolution, won the prestigious “Best Foreign Book” award in France. Several of her books have been translated to other languages.