“The Corsair” — written by Qatari journalist, engineer, and author Abdul Aziz al-Mahmoud — is built to be both edifying and widely read, in the tradition of one of the all-time most popular Arab novelists: Jurji Zaidan.
This week in Qantara, I have a piece about the historical novels of Jurji Zaidan. Here’s a bit from the middle: “George [Zaidan] came to me about five years ago,” Arabic literature professor and pioneering translator Roger Allen said, “because he realized… Read More ›
At the nudging of @TheObserveress, I have been compiling a list of beautifully formed, fun, and/or interesting historical novels that comment on various significant times, from the pharaonic era to not-quite-now: One that I’ve enjoyed recently is Ibrahim Abdelmeguid’s The… Read More ›
Ibrahim Nasrallah has become known for his historical novels about Palestine, which are now a series of seven, including the one longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Lanterns of the King of Galilee (2011): But Nasrallah, born… Read More ›
Anwar Hamed was born in the West Bank in 1957, which is where he began writing and publishing his stories, as a 15-year-old schoolboy. In 1980, he moved to Hungary, and there he found a different audience for his work. For… Read More ›
During Egypt’s late 19th/early 20th century nahda, novelist and educator Jurji Zaidan made the historical novel his particular study. In order to move forward with a particularly Arab identity, Zaidan reasoned, it was necessary to re-investigate, and re-invigorate, certain aspects of the… Read More ›
I have heard, from @zuberino, that the publicity-shy University of Arkansas (X)* Center for Middle East Studies has announced that the exceptionally talented Samah Selim has won their Arabic Literature Translation award for 2011 for her translation of Jurji Zaidan’s Tree… Read More ›