“The novel is about the politics of telling and hearing, seeing and blindness, truth and the possibility of finding it. It is about the impossibility of linear stories, the problems of history,the power of fiction, and the many many registers of silence.”
“What I mean by this is only in English could I fully inhabit and write from the perspective of a woman. I have no idea why, but I’m sure it’s nothing to do with the nature of English itself as a language.”
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Yasmina Jraissati of the RAYA Agency — a finalist for one of the 2019 London Book Fair awards — announced three new and forthcoming titles by high-profile authors that she’s added to her spring list.
“For me it’s a little bit like cooking; people say, “if you’re following a recipe then you’re not creating anything.” I don’t agree; you are creating something, you’re creative even if you’re following a recipe.”
“Celebrated novelist and short-story writer Ghassan Kanafani was born on this day in 1936. Almost fifty years have passed since his assassination at the age of just 36.”
“Kanafani made me aware of the importance of being part of what is happening in your generation. You cannot be an outsider.”
Also for the first time this year, the majority of winning titles are by women. These include books by Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun and Syrian Dima Wannous.
“I remember Emile Habibi, the great Palestinian novelist, once said to me, How dare you give the characters of your novels Christian or Muslim names?”