Muhammad al-Hajj’s ‘An Eye for an Eye’

I could see that she had been crying. Was it the first time, maybe? No, she had cried at our wedding. But who wouldn't cry on their wedding day, anyway? Well, Huda, maybe.

Looking at the Longlist on (Western) Christmas: Elias Khoury’s ‘Sinalcol’

Elias Khoury's Sinalcol is one of the few titles on the longlist for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) that already has been translated into French (available next month, trans. Rania Samara) and will soon be released in English in both the UK and US: Quercus and Archipelago will, this time, share a … Continue reading Looking at the Longlist on (Western) Christmas: Elias Khoury’s ‘Sinalcol’

Listen to Elias Khoury Read from ‘As Though She Were Sleeping’

Elias Khoury recently spoke about his novel كأنها نائمة (As Though She Were Sleeping) in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, which was the justification for my review of his book in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Milkweed Editions, which co-sponsored the talk, very generously posted audio of the event, as well as an abridged transcript. I couldn't figure out how to … Continue reading Listen to Elias Khoury Read from ‘As Though She Were Sleeping’