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Actions for Poet Ashraf Fayadh, Given Death Sentence in Saudi; Poems from Disputed ‘Instructions Within’ in New Translation
“petroleum is harmless, except for the trace of poverty it leaves behind”
“Fayadh was jailed in January 2014, charged based on a complaint from a reader about Fayadh’s 2008 poetry collection, ‘Instructions Within’.”
Caridi’s reaction to the reversal was jubilant, while Comito’s was more cautious: Who now, she asked, would be invited to represent “Arabic literature” at the fair? Which books would be on the stands, selected by whom?
Young Saudi novelist and short-story writer Mohammed Hasan Alwan has won the Arab World Institute’s Prix de la Littérature Arabe for his novel “The Beaver,” translated to French by Stéphanie Dujols.
“These are not emerging writers, but rather writers who have already achieved ‘national recognition’ in their home countries. “
“Munif’s Library consists of approximately 10.000 publications from the field of politics, philosophy, arts, literature and poetry. Encompassing a wide span of time, the library acts as an archive of the movements in publishing, writing and distribution within the Arab world in the last century.”
This is not the first time for such a controversy.
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.
“Our city with a population of 6 million people does not have many moments of happiness or joy.”
Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh was arrested by Saudi authorities on January 1, 2014 — charged with “insulting the Godly self and having long hair” — and has yet to face trial.
The Italian Book Club interviewed novelist Raja Alem at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, where Alem received the 2014 LiBeraturpreis for her novel The Dove’s Necklace.