Last Wednesday, Banipal magazine presented “An evening with Zakaria Tamer” to celebrate one of the Arabic language’s most influential writers: By Valentina Viene Banipal dedicated its latest issue entirely to the celebrated Syrian short-story writer. Since 1957, Tamer has published eleven short-story collections,… Read More ›
Ghayath Almadhoun’s collection of poetry Weg van Damascus, trans. Djûke Poppinga, unexpectedly entered the “Poezie Top 10” in Belgen last month.
“Yes, we need to find a solution to the refugee crisis, but let’s start by talking transparently and impartially about the underlying causes of this catastrophe that sees no end.”
“There are 4 million refugees and the international community has largely abandoned them.”
“Every hour during the EdArabFest there will be on-the-spot readings (in English) of short stories by Zakaria Tamer….”
“Tamer was once asked why he didn’t write a novel. ‘As if they would go to a baker, he answered back, and ask him why he doesn’t sell roses!'”
“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.”
English PEN ‘Translated Literature Book Club’ Launches with Nihad Sirees’s ‘The Silence at the Roar’
“…this makes it an ideal time to launch the English PEN Translated Literature Book Club, a journey of literary discovery in the company of similarly enthusiastic biblionauts.”
“Between the two books,” Yazbek said, “was the beginning of the revolution and the beginning of the destruction of the revolution.”
” In Syria there is something harsher going on, something even more destructive. I think it will add a tragic dimension — in the strongest sense of the word — to Syrian literature.”
“French readers can’t seem to get enough of it – or anything, for that matter, that emerges from Sattouf’s drawing board.”
The work, by rising Syrian playwright Mohammed Al Attar, will run through May 31 at Theatrelab.