“Your money will go towards producing and marketing these events, and paying a fee to Omar and to all other artists involved. We are also hoping to commission a piece of work from Omar Hazek.”
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“Let me tell you of the Egyptian poet Ahmed Doma, who was detained 18 times during Mubarak and SCAF’s regimes, and is currently sentenced for 31 years of imprisonment!”
“OmarHazek was scheduled to appear at the opening night of the Writers Unlimited Festival, where he was to accept his award.”
One hundred Egyptian prisoners who were arrested for political reasons have been placed on a list to be pardoned and released. Novelist and poet Omar Hazek is one of them.
“I lost inspiration for three years, only to recover it in my small frigid box — cell 5, ward 23.”
“This is why I dedicate to you — and only you — my novel. Out of love and in apology to you, Ahmad Essam Hazek.”
Novelist and poet Omar Hazek was jailed on December 2, 2013, charged with violating Egypt’s anti-protest law, a “crime” for which he is serving two years in prison. Yet he maintains more hope than most.
The poet and novelist Omar Hazek, sentenced to two years at Borg El-Arab prison ostensibly for violating Egypt’s controversial anti-protest law, has written his seventh letter from inside prison.
Zahraa Abdel Aziz has translated Egyptian poet and novelist Omar Hazek’s most recent, moving letter from prison, dated May 1.
This month, Omar Hazek will see his second novel published. Under other circumstances, Hazek’s short novel, set in the afterlife, would likely go unnoticed outside Egypt’s narrow literary circles. Yet this novel has captured attention – not because of its unusual setting, but because it was written inside Alexandria’s Borg al-Arab and al-Hadara prisons.
American University in Cairo CAASIC fellow Anny Gaul is currently translating a section from Omar Hazek’s novel “I Don’t Love This City.” Meanwhile, the author — whose case has been taken up by PEN International — remains in prison.
Last week, there was a discussion of Alexandria poet Omar Hazek’s new book, “I Do Not Like This City,” recently released by Dar al-Ain. Unfortunately, the author wasn’t there, as he was in prison when the book was celebrated