Haji Jaber’s Black Foam is full of diverse cultural, linguistic, and musical landscapes. It opens in Addis Ababa, Eritrea, one of the final stages in our main character’s journey from his tangled past to what he hopes will be a new life in Israel. Throughout the novel, Adal (later Dawoud, David, and Dawit) re-invents
” The truth is that the person who didn’t leave my mind is someone I didn’t talk to; rather, we kept looking at each other without speaking.”
Moroccan author Anis Arafai won the Multaqa Prize for the Arabic Short Story for his collection “سيرك الحيوانات المتوهمة” (The Circus of Imaginary Beasts).
“The ghostly effect, however, isn’t haunting, but an empathetic hand across time.”
The theme of the Winter 2023 issue of Kohl magazine is “Anticolonial Feminist Imaginaries,” with work that ranges from speculative literary conversations to translation to theory.
“It is said that blue is an antidote to sexual excitation—and I was a raging bull then. It is also said that blue calms the nerves—and I was on the edge of madness, bad temper was my inheritance, my father was known for it.”
Books are selected for the awards on the basis of “outstanding literary quality, the strength of the publishing project, and their contribution to UK bibliodiversity.”