MARCH continues to troll Lebanon’s censorship bureau with frustrating and funny results.
This is the first year siblings have been on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist together.
Jabbour Douaihy on the IPAF: “As with all growth, there are some too-hasty writings, but there’s also a great, diverse, and exciting expression of Arab reality, and as time passes the wheat will be separated from the chaff.”
Antoine Douaihy on writing: “A single lifetime isn’t enough for this kind of calling. Really, you would need several.”
Dozens of Arab poets are getting ready to travel to Dubai for the next round of Prince of Poets interviews. Although Prince of Poets may have the biggest purse, televised competitive poetry isn’t a new thing.
A year after the al-Saeh Library bookshop was burned, and an attempt made on the owner’s life, Tripoli residents gathered for an official re-opening ceremony.
Hanan al-Shaykh’s latest novel — The Virgins of Londonistan — was released in late November at this year’s Beirut Book Fair. Reviewer Mishka Mojabber Mourani found it to be both flirtatious and important.
The Beirut International Arab Book Fair may not be as big as Arabic book fairs in Riyadh, Sharjah, or Cairo, but, by virtue of being Beirut, it draws in some of the region’s biggest writers.
How does a translator re-create the effect of “distancing” a writer without pushing the reader to give up on the text? Ghada Mourad explores Marilyn Booth’s translation of Lebanese novelist Hassan Daoud’s “The Penguin’s Song.”
Jabbour Douaihy’s novels have been acclaimed and awarded in the last few years, both in Arabic and in French translation. Now, with a new translation of his “June Rain” by Paula Haydar, one hopes the Lebanese author will begin attracting admirers in English, too.
It was not long ago that playwright Lucien Bourjeily (@lucienbourjeily), nominated for a 2014 Index Freedom of Expression Award for his censored play “Is It Permitted or Not,” announced that he’d been prevented from traveling to perform another play in London.
A new week-long literary festival in Beirut promises to bring together writers who sit at the crossroads of two or more cultures and interested readers.