It’s unclear how you’d be sure yours was the “1st ever Readathon of works by an Arab author,” but the 2015 Edinburgh Arab Festival, part of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, will feature hours and hours of reading Zakaria Tamer:
According to organizers, “Every hour during the EdArabFest there will be on-the-spot readings (in English) of short stories by Zakaria Tamer,” one of the ground-breaking practitioners of the modern Arabic short story.
Readings of the Syrian author’s will be done by festival participants — anyone who wants to sign up for a Tamer story just needs go to the Literature Exhibition on August 28. The first two readers to sign up for each slot will be given a free copy of Banipal 53, with its focus on Tamer.
The readathon will go on from noon to 6 p.m. on the 28th, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 29th.
A review – Zakaria Tamer, Practicing ‘The Most Difficult Form of Literary Expression’
The issue – Table of Contents
2012: A Dialogue with Zakaria Tamer, by Ziad Majed
“Silent Ones,” Zakaria Tamer, trans. Ibrahim Muhawi
Five Texts by Zakaria Tamer, trans. Marilyn Hacker
“For Every Fox, An End”: By Zakariya Tamer, trans. Robert J. Farley
Stories from “The Hedgehog,” Zakariya Tamer, trans. Marilyn Hacker