The blocking of 21 news websites and the trial of Khaled Ali are not very good birthday presents for Egyptian novelist, scholar, translator, teacher, and activist Radwa Ashour (May 25, 1946-2014). So we remember her, instead, with a fond tribute… Read More ›
As the name of the competition indicates, it celebrates: “the Earth, eco-living, environmental awareness, agriculture and love of greenery.”
Khaled Ali, a lawyer in Naji’s defense team, told Al Masry Al Youm that the verdict demonstrates Naji spent long months in jail despite his innocence, and that “he did nothing but offer excellent work.”
“It thought: that which wished to be a white butterfly was a fool and that which wished to be a cherry blossom was a fool.”
A more accurate subtitle might be: ″A Study in Depression, Drinking and Failed Love Affairs in Post-Nazi Germany″ or simply ″Self Destruction″.
When asked back in 2009 what Arabic works should be translated into English, poet-translator Fady Joudah told the Quarterly Conversation he’d like to see Ghassan Zaqtan’s Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me in English. Joudah has since translated that collection — and won… Read More ›
“What you call immorality is actually just a different type of morality, with its own beauty.”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
And the beginnings of aspiration;
Helplessness and the vindication of the poor
Lies the will to confront
And the inability to write.