“There is also a mystical obsession with using Sufism as a means of combating rigid belief and extremism[.]”
Travel literature? What else could be said about a place like London that has not been said before? You risk not being read or sold. I was advised by Sahar Elmougy to work on the fictional parts of the book and make an effort to turn the book into a novel. I tried and I could not.
“Although Moving the Palace can be read anywhere, it would make an excellent summer beach read. In any event, it should savored while in a warm place, preferably on the sand, so each sentence can spread out, like a camel ambling across the desert.”
The “non-language-specific” mentor for prose will be the brilliant Polish-English translator Bill Johnston, with the poetry mentor TBD.
“Yes, I am working on a new novel: it will also be a historical narrative, but with a more recent setting, in the 18th or 19th century.”
In his introduction, Perry tells us we know this 635-recipe cookbook, soon to be published in a bilingual edition from the LAL, “was the bestseller of the age, to judge from the fact that more copies of it have survived than of all the other medieval cookbooks combined.”
“The question seems timely. as writing workshops, led by different writers at different stages in their careers, have been booming all across Cairo. “
“Paul Spera, dressed in a suit and red tie, looking as much like Donald Trump as it is possible to do for someone who has not spent 70 years sucking the souls of the less fortunate, blasts onto the stage.”
The 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has gone to Mohammed Hasan Alwan, previously shortlisted for his novel “The Beaver,” for his “A Small Death.”
Binshatwan also said, “For my book I collected folkloric stories because formal history never mentioned slavery in Libya, actually marginalised it.”