Country: Syria

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Born to a Turkish mother and a Syrian father, Khaled was raised in Syria, and holds the Swedish citizenship since 2018. He has worked as a journalist in the Middle East, North Africa and several major European (correspondent for RFI in Damascus), and is an award winning filmmaker (his short film ‘Coffee with sukkar’ received a special award at the Gothenburg Film Festival).

Khaled currently lives in London, gives public talks about freedom of expression in conflict areas, migration, and LGBTQ+ issues, and also teaches Arabic literature at the Gothenburg literature.

Selamlik is his first novel.


Gateway of the sea | 2020
Selamlik | 2018

In the press

“Alesmael manages to use an almost Spartan language to tell in an incredibly sensual way about love, sex, Damascus, Sweden and everything in between.” — Katharina Glück – Skoutz 2021 juror

“Simple but poetic, Alesmael captures great sadness, poking uncertainty and the beauty of the homophobic’s eyelash.” — Aftonboladet

Uncensored novel about shame, homophobia and violence.” — Goteborg Posted

“Despite the heavy topics the book deals with, it is still filled with humor and irony.” — Amnesty Press

“Selamlik will be a classic in the future
.” — Dagens Nyheter


Selamlik (2018)

Leopard (2018, Sweden)
Albino Verlag (2020, Germany)
World Editions BV, USA (English, to appear)
Forlaget Ti Vilde Heste, Denmark (to appear)[Updated July 2023]