“Le Grand Zoiseau” narrates the story of a little girl who wants to marry, and, seeing her mother deny her the right, she takes matters into her own magic hands.
"Funds raised will be distributed to a variety of on-the-ground organizations, including: the Unite Lebanon Youth Project, Beit Aftal Assomoud, Food Blessed, Iftar in a Box, Sesobel, Rebuild Beirut, Wa Taawanoo, and Egna Legna."
"Mansour took much of her inspiration from ancient religions and traditions, including ancient Egypt, where death is not considered to be the end of life, but rather is a transition to another reality."
"The woman was always surprising me with her continuous, sometimes abrupt, and loud laughter; and then she no longer surprised me — I got used to and grew to love both Latifa herself and her laughter."
A few updates from booksellers and libraries around Beirut.
"A bitter, metallic taste rises to my tongue. I take a deep breath, put my key in the lock, and shove open the door."
"Every time we stopped in the shade of a tree, / one of us would shout: 'Here we are!' / A fantasy mightier than mountains."
This Women in Translation Month (#WiTMonth) Wednesday, five selected short stories from five different countries that are re-tellings or inventions of folktale narratives.
"I also believe writing should be accessible. This era needs a kind of writing that can reach the new generation, connect with their emotional lives, and encourage them to enjoy reading. That calls for clear, simple writing which draws its subjects, its metaphors, and its aesthetic from today’s language and imagination."
This first Monday of Women in Translation Month, Sawad Hussain and Stella Gaitano share this excerpt from her novel The Souls of Eddo, winner of a PEN Translates Prize
This essay and excerpted translations of Safynaz Kazem's ran in the Winter/Spring 2020 issue of ArabLit Quarterly -- the ROAD issue -- and reappear here as part of our series on Women in Translation Month classics.
We start off this Women in Translation Month (#WiTMonth) with a list of ten recommended books by women, translated to English and published in 2020.