We start off this Women in Translation Month (#WiTMonth) with a list of ten recommended books by women, translated to English and published in 2020.
We discuss the current situation in Lebanon and literature that looks at the worlds beneath our feet.
Literary events honoring and hosted by Saudi Arabia attract perhaps the most objections from authors and publishers.
"He was an all-round writer with a strong social conscience, and after seeing how he reflected on society and its ills through the indirect allegorical lens of fiction I thought it would be interesting to see how he addressed the issues that concerned him through the more direct medium of a regular newspaper column."
"For instance, the Palestinian society is more familiar with references to Christianity than the Turkish society. ... So while translating Darwish's works, I brought the references to verses from the Bible or the Torah to the attention of Turkish readers."
“Look, there’s no novels,” a voice suddenly boomed directly above my head. “We don’t sell novels.”
"Not only did this create an increased sense of intimacy during the events, it also altered the temporality of the festival by allowing audiences to participate live, view recordings of events at their own leisure and, perhaps most significantly, to return to these events and reconsider their contents through the creation of a digital archive with many of the events still available to view online."
"This year's judging chair will be Paul Starkey, who was a judge on the inaugural committee for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, a prolific translator, and a previous winner of the Banipal translation prize."
Life is beautiful / says the sparrow / and drops dead beside the hunter’s shoe
"Devotional literature never gets viewed as literature because people assume it's for devotional purposes."
"I wanted to see if I could create a night-language, or find some form to reflect the fact that this is a night work...and the fact that these stories take place where dreams should be."
The great Algerian author Mohammed Dib was born 100 years ago today.