“He tells of the characters who populated his childhood cosmos: the walking wounded, outcasts and failures – or ‘those left footsore by life,’ as he puts it.”
“There are a lot of advantages to writing in a European language, but I will continue to write in Arabic. Whether recognition comes or not, my world is the Arab world.”
“Age manipulation can make entire families physically appear to be of a single generation: such is the case with the Christian community of Fuhais, who in a literalist reading of the Bible have all decided to live their lives in the same blissful childhood state.”
“The idea was that the readers who were informed would know which author was intended without having to be told. Especially when authors were criticizing contemporaries or scholars of recent memory, oblique criticism was considered to show more finesse.”
“War destroyed the mainstream ethics which were generated by the ruling [Maronite] political power. It gave voice to underground Beirut, the peripheral areas.”
“I had to put this book down several times just to laugh.”
Four Library of Arabic Literature classics are set to be released as English-language-only paperbacks.
“It’s difficult for me to predict the destiny of Arabic creative writing, but I think that we have to listen more to reality than we used to, but without being slaves to it, and without being mechanical reflections of reality.”
The great Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani was born on this day in 1936: Kanafani was born in Akka to a prominent lawyer and started his studies at Les Frères, a French missionary school in Jaffa. His life changed significantly when… Read More ›
Yesterday, the US-based Best Translated Book Award (BTBA) released its poetry and fiction longlists.
“We didn’t have to think twice to choose Adonis as he is the most prominent voice in world poetry today.”