Friday Finds: Emma Ramadan on Translating Meryem Alaoui’s ‘Straight From the Horse’s Mouth’

The Asymptote Book Club's September 2020 selection was Emma Ramadan's translation of Meryem Alaoui's Straight from the Horse's Mouth: As part of the book-club materials, Asymptote editor Allison Braden talked with Ramadan about the book in "Shunning Stereotypes." Even though the book centers a female character who works in a field often, in Arabic literature, … Continue reading Friday Finds: Emma Ramadan on Translating Meryem Alaoui’s ‘Straight From the Horse’s Mouth’

Hay Festival ‘Will Not Return to Abu Dhabi’ While Minister Accused of Sexual Assault ‘Remains in Position’

Hay Festival, which ran the first-ever Hay Festival Abu Dhabi this year, has stated that the literary festival will not return to Abu Dhabi while the minister accused of assault "remains in position": The festival was held in February of this year, but it wasn't until this past weekend that the account of Caitlin McNamara, … Continue reading Hay Festival ‘Will Not Return to Abu Dhabi’ While Minister Accused of Sexual Assault ‘Remains in Position’

Poetry by Abdel Wahab Yousif in Four Languages

Tamil translator Gouthama Siddarthan has curated a small selection of poems by Abdel Wahab Yousif, a young Sudanese poet who drowned, in August, in the Mediterranean, in four languages: According to English translator and scholar Adil Babikir, Abdel Wahab Yousif, also known as Latinos, was a well-known figure among the young generation of poetry fans … Continue reading Poetry by Abdel Wahab Yousif in Four Languages