“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’
“Although we are a literary magazine, we are open to all art forms, especially those that experiment with and criticize the status quo.”
A selection of the Arabic novels, poetry collections, short-story collections, and classic works forthcoming in 2023.
“As a first step, readers interested in books from the Arab world or on the Arab world can discover books based on several features: discovering books according to an author’s gender or country of origin, finding books from a specific publisher or country (…), browsing through our book titles and thematic curations to find SWANA-specific subjects (e.g. Egyptian surrealism, prison literature).”
This year, we have lists of literary works translated from Arabic to English, to German, to Portuguese, and to Malayalam.
“A good art director intentionally builds a library of images in his subconscious through reading and forgetting.”
“I expect this is a magazine for people who read widely, and they want something different and new.”
This month: four new translations of Arabic novels from Palestine, Jordan, and Iraq.