“What people in our field often do is they duck, sort of like George Bush with the shoe.”
“The launch ceremony, which will reportedly be preceded by a biannual meeting of the board, will host performances by Lebanese musicians Mike Massy and Charbel Haber, as well as a screening of Ahmed Khaled’s ‘White Sugar’.”
“Now the Americans have occupied it and surrounded it with walls and checkpoints; our new rulers can live far away from us.”
“Between the two books,” Yazbek said, “was the beginning of the revolution and the beginning of the destruction of the revolution.”
“Then comes the sound of a radio playing foreign music quickly replaced by the voice of the news presenter announcing an explosion in Qandahar.”
The shortlist is an eclectic bunch and includes a graphic novel, essay collection, two histories, two memoirs, and a novel.
“All the poems and colloquial lyrics reflect a particular experience, so why not use them?”
A calendar of Arab and Arabic literary events in some form of translation.
“Seen from the point of view of not just the California student, this is literature from Mars. It is absolutely and radically alien.”
This residency is set to run from Sept., 2015 – Sept. 2016.
“…the show has ‘astonished Egyptians with its sympathetic treatment of Egypt’s Jews and its depiction of their fierce anti-Zionism.'”
” In Syria there is something harsher going on, something even more destructive. I think it will add a tragic dimension — in the strongest sense of the word — to Syrian literature.”