“For him, Damascus is like a mirror, a sun between two clouds; there he feels eternal. Every time he visits, he feels like he has found a part of his soul.”
This month: Ibn Butlan’s ‘The Doctors’ Dinner Party’ and Haji Jabir’s ‘Black Foam’
Books are selected for the awards on the basis of “outstanding literary quality, the strength of the publishing project, and their contribution to UK bibliodiversity.”
Syrian poet and short-story writer Shawqy Baghdadi (1928-2023) died Sunday evening at the age of 94, according to multiple news reports.
“Although we are a literary magazine, we are open to all art forms, especially those that experiment with and criticize the status quo.”
Egyptian magazine Rowayat has opened submissions for its sixth issue, ‘Faith’, and applications for Middlebury’s Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference are also now open.
Seven writers on the list have been recognized by the prize in past editions: Ahmad Abdulatif, Najwa Binshatwan, Lina Huyan Alhassan, Aisha Ibrahim, Nasser Iraq, Azher Jirjis, and Miral al-Tahawy. Organizers also remarked on the number of women authors longlisted for this year’s prize — eight — the most women novelists ever to appear on an IPAF longlist.
It’s a fact—and I grow more certain of this as time goes by—that no matter how many folks we encounter as time goes by, some of their faces strike a chord deep within us. They somehow burrow into our souls, forever marking the course of our lives.