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Max Weiss

Max Weiss is Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. A literary translator of Arabic fiction and non-fiction, he has translated works by Dunya Mikhail, Nihad Sirees, Mamdouh Azzam, Alawiya Sobh, and Samar Yazbek.

The Beekeeper

Literature by Dunya Mikhail

Translated from the Arabic by Max Weiss Dunya Mikhail

Since 2014, Daesh (ISIS) has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern Iraq: sowing destruction, killing those who won’t convert to Islam, and enslaving young girls and women. The Beekeeper, by the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, tells the harrowing stories of several women who managed to escape the clutches of Daesh. Mikhail extensively interviews these women—who’ve lost their families and loved ones, who’ve been repeatedly sold, raped, psychologi- cally tortured, and forced to manufacture chemical weapons—and as their tales unfold, an unlikely hero emerges: a beekeeper, who uses his knowledge of the local terrain, along with a wide network of transporters, helpers, and former cigarette smugglers, to bring these women, one by one, through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, back into safety.…
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