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Sign up for THE ALIGNIST and receive a specially-selected work of international fiction from a different country every other month, along with our signature “ROADMAP” to guide you through the lived realities explored in the novel. Reading the two together with connect fact to fiction, resulting in an engaged, empathy-based understanding of the world. Delve in deeper through a live Q&A where you can connect with the novel's author and an expert on the issues addressed in fiction. 

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Every box from THE ALIGNIST is a new journey. 

 

Subscribers have been transported from Guerrero, Mexico to Delhi, India. Our current literary journey is to Aleppo, Syria: one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, but it's been reduced to rubble in recent years.

 

In the latest edition of THE ALIGNIST, subscribers are taken to the root of the Syrian war to understand its devastating consequences through a novel by the Syrian writer Khalid Khalifa.

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The news out of Syria has been a constant barrage of horror. To understand the conflict, it’s necessary to know what prompted it. The uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad followed years of oppression. 

In No Knives of the Kitchens of this City, Khaled Khalifa shows just how meaning was stripped from the lives of ordinary people in big and small ways. The work is as much an ode to the wonders of Khalifa’s home city of Aleppo as it is as a recounting of how an authoritarian
regime can slip into so many facets of one’s existence.

The English translation of the novel was published in late 2016, just as a four year long struggle between Syrian rebels and the Assad regime in Aleppo was entering its last grueling months. Despite watching his hometown bend and break under a brutal bombing campaign and all out siege, Khalifa maintained faith in the city which has watched over so many centuries of human civilization and human destruction. 

“Aleppo will not die,” Khalifa has said, “because it cannot die. Aleppo will rise again and return, better than it was.”

 A scene of destruction in Aleppo after it was hit by government airstrikes in 2014. Image by Patrick Hilsman.

A scene of destruction in Aleppo after it was hit by government airstrikes in 2014. Image by Patrick Hilsman.

 
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Our next novel starts on a boat in the Niger River and will take you into the depths of so many of the issues making headlines out of Nigeria from militant kidnappings to oil theft. 

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Travel beyond the headlines.

The militant organization Boko Haram sent shockwaves around the world when it kidnapped more than 270 girls from a school in northern Nigeria. Despite widespread condemnation and an appeal to to #bringbackourgirls, they're still at it, having abducted more than 110 girls just this February.  Our next featured novel will explore this grim reality and offer a sense of what it's like for people to live amidst militants in rural Nigeria.