Novelist Mahmoud Saeed and poet Faiza Sultan remember Mosul’s libraries in the 1950s and 1990s.
“The idea of Arab nationalism affected every aspect of the comics.”
“In rehearsing this production, we have done our best to render an American staging of these Egyptian plays. Our primary goal has been to not only expose our viewers to the tragic difficulties of a faraway place, but…allow our audience to reflect on the challenges of our own society.”
“The feeling of guilt has clung to me since childhood, since I first realized that my attraction towards men was sexual.”
“We realized we could understand Cairo and tell some of its stories from the perspective of those street chairs.”
Now, Mahfouz Bushra writes, Sudanese voices against the award have grown even louder.
“[A]s a direct effect, the banning halts the process of building a counter discourse, a discourse that contributes something to the idea of the citizen and equality.”
When Ali Bader’s The Ungodly Woman is published by Dar Noon, it will already have been an incipient film project, a part of the Iraqi arts exhibition at the Venice Biennale, and a French play, produced by a feminist organization in Belgium:… Read More ›
This year, the literature jury was made up of prominent literary artists: Syrian author Khaled Khalifa, Moroccan poet Yassin Adnan, and Algerian novelist Bachir Mefti.
“I didn’t plan to depict “positive” heroes, if we can put it that way, because the era of false heroism has gone.”
Saadallah Wannous, Zakaria Tamer, Adonis, and others are still being called upon in an effort to miniaturize and understand what’s going on in Syria: what’s happened and what will happen.
“It’s not a one-way process. I can’t think of a [British] writer who hasn’t been changed by going to one of the places that we tend to go on visits. Whether it’s a political or a stylistic idea or a general feeling of the country, it changes the writers.”