Five writers who “introduced new sensitivities, new styles, new techniques and — to an extent — a new language in literature.”
After a five-year hiatus, more than 200 writers and critics participated in the Sixth Cairo Forum for the Arabic Novel earlier this month: By Mona Elnamoury One of the most interesting sessions I attended at the Sixth International Cairo Forum, which focused… Read More ›
“This is why I dedicate to you — and only you — my novel. Out of love and in apology to you, Ahmad Essam Hazek.”
The vast majority are from the French (5), Spanish (3), and German (2), with additional titles from the Italian and the Portugeuse.
“Ongoing political turmoil may not bode well for Yemen, but if 2014 is any indication, the outlook for its national literary scene is a promising one.”
“Nonetheless, publishers may still choose translations to fit a particular view of Africans, Arabs, Muslims, Chinese, or Estonians, either because that’s what resonates (‘ah yes, the oppressed Arab woman who comes West and finds freedom!’) or because that’s what sells (‘another 1,000 units of oppressed Arab woman comin’ up!’).”
“Let me call it disorder. It means you live and you can go to concerts and you can listen to Bach, others. And at the same time you can hear the echoes of bombing.”
The three previous Man Booker International Prizes have gone to North American writers, but this year’s is a wonderfully diverse list.
This interview with Dr. Tom Shakespeare first appeared on the Library of Arabic Literature website: Scholar, blogger, and public-health advocate Tom Shakespeare recently did a five-part series on “The Genius of Disability” for BBC Radio 3. The first radio essay… Read More ›
The popular Saudi writer and TV commentator Badriya al-Bishr appeared at this year’s Emirates LitFest, where she talked about the explosion in production of Saudi novels, how she deals with controversy, her latest novel, and more.
Within the next few weeks, the Kalimat Group will launch Riwayat, perhaps the first Arabic imprint dedicated to Young Adult literature.
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