“Facebook has broken the barrier that distance once put in our way. And a writer in the diaspora may have more of a following in Yemen than a writer who lives here. Plus the freedom that writers can enjoy in exile has a positive impact on Yemeni literature as a whole.”
Deadlines: May 26 (Stephen Spender Prize), September 1 (‘Nakba + 100’), and rolling (‘Zabaan’).
Yesterday, Jadaliyya published a special section on scholar-activist Barbara Harlow, who died this January.
“What you call immorality is actually just a different type of morality, with its own beauty.”
In an email newsletter, PalFest organizers said: “PalFest is unable to get to Gaza because of Israel and Egypt’s ongoing siege of the Strip.”
“I am very happy that it is Fantagraphics, one of my favorite publishers in the world, that is putting it out, with an introduction by the specialist of comics, wars, Arabs and Israelis: Mr. Joe Sacco.”
Comma Press’s forthcoming anthology ‘Nakba + 100’ will — in the style of its ‘Iraq + 100’ anthology, feature “ten stories all set in the year 2048, a century after the ‘catastrophe’ now known as the ‘Nakba’.”
“Cairo was my final stop, where I would find what I was looking for. Cairo, where—thirty-two years after I bade him goodbye—I sit, knitting words together, weaving together the tale missing from the Thousand and One Nights.”
“Along with the translated poem(s), translators should also submit a commentary on the translation process, addressing particular challenges posed by the text or specific translation choices.”
“Reading ‘The Orange Grove’ with my journalist’s eye, I am tempted to pick fault with it[.]”
“Arabic readers are devouring autobiographies by Chinese entrepreneurs like Robin Li, Jack Ma, Pony Ma and Ren Zhengfei.”
“Reading a single good novel at a leisurely pace can be a pleasurable experience, but your work as judge involves consuming a non-optional slew of novels of dubious quality at breakneck speed, so it’s a very different experience altogether. But it is also stimulating, intense, and enriching, as you realise particularly when the curtain of the experience begins to fall.”