There are already more than 200 philosophical and practical "how-to" craft essays written in and translated to Arabic, ranging from thoughts by Egyptian novelist Mansoura Ez Eldin to Anne Lamott to Abdelfattah Kilito to Neil Gaiman.
Hisham Bustani's "Nightmares of the City" was originally published in The Monotonous Chaos of Existence (Dar al-Farabi, 2010), and in translation by Thoraya El-Rayyes in the summer/autumn 2012 (print) issue of The Saint Ann's Review. Now, online:
For those who sneer at the creative-writing "industry," I'm sure this warrants an extra-sneery sneer. But, for myself---someone who teaches a creative-writing workshop in Egypt, and who loves the literature of her chosen homeland---I applaud Iman Humaydan's efforts to bring the better aspects of creative-writing craft into Arabic. Kitabat al-kitaba, an anthology being assembled by … Continue reading First Creative-Writing Craft Book in Arabic