Dost is a Syrian Kurdish poet, writer, and translator who has published work both in Kurdish and in Arabic. Born in 1965 in Kobanî, Syria, Dost is a recipient of the Galawej Award.
His works include Mijabad, a 2004 novel written in Kurdish; Martînê Bextewer, a 2011 novel written in Kurdish; The Bells of Rome, a 2017 novel written in Arabic; and his most recent, A Green Bus Leaving Aleppo. He has also published several collections of poetry.
Among his best-known translations is The Epic of Mem and Zin, written by Kurdish poet Ahmad Khani.
Dost’s short story “A Handful of Dirt,” was made into a short film in Germany, while his “A Burning Dream” has been staged as a play in Turkey. No book-length works, nor films or plays adapted from his works, exist, to our knowledge, in English. However, you can read two short stories:
A Pleasant Countenance, tr. Nancy Roberts
I don’t know how many hours I’d spent in solitary confinement. I was alone with four cold silent walls. I couldn’t hear anyone’s voice in that gloomy cell, and I don’t think anyone could hear me.
A Handful of Dirt, tr. Adam Talib
As soon as he saw his friend, who had just arrived from back home, in the airport arrivals lounge, he asked him, “Did you bring it?”
Get on Jamalon: A Green Bus Leaving Aleppo.
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