Symposium on Translating Omani Lit Starts Today

According to the Oman Observer, the two-day symposium—“Translating Omani Literature”—promises to tackle issues related to bringing Omani lit to Arabic and non-Arabic audiences.

This was news to me, as I didn’t realize that a significant amount of Omani literature had to be translated into Arabic. (In fact, I have yet to get a handle on Omani literature.) The Observer notes:

…several literary works of Omanis were not initially authored in Arabic. They were written in such languages and dialects as Swahili, Balushi, Lawati or Shihri, while some others were written in English, French, German and others languages.

The Observer has more details about the papers that will be presented; I’m hoping they’ll also provide updates from the conference.

Also: I just found this blog, “Lord of the Fjord: Writing My Way Around Oman,” which has an interesting piece about self-censorship and Omani writers. The “Fjord Lord” also links to a number of contemporary Omani writers who blog.

And: You can read Hussein al-Abri on the absence of Omani novels. He also blogs.