The word on the street (and in The National, and the Saudi Gazette, and parroted by me) has been that Arabic Booker-winning Azazeel (Beelzebub), by Youssef Ziedan, will be out in spring 2010. The book was translated into English by… Read More ›
I missed this while at the Cairo International Book Fair on Friday: Egyptian security confiscated Idris Ali’s new novel, The Leader is Cutting His Hair. The book is reportedly critical of the Libyan regime (and Ghaddafi’s hair?). Ali, who’s Egyptian,… Read More ›
Fawwaz Haddad’s The Faithful Translator is reviewed this week by Al Ahram regular Youssef Rakha. The review does not mention when the novel—on the ’08-’09 “Arabic Booker” shortlist—might appear in, er, translation. Of the six shortlisted books from 2008-2009, Mohamed… Read More ›
Qantara has up a new interview with Lebanese author Iman Humaydan Younes. Humaydan Younes is the author of Wild Mulberries (review from Banipal; introduction from the book’s translator, Michelle Hartman)and B. as in Beirut (a more critical review from BookSlut).
The Zafarani Files. By Gamal el-Ghitani, translated by Farouk Abdel Wahab. American University in Cairo Press: Cairo, 2009. 344 pages. In The Zafarani Files, as in Saramago’s Blindness, mysterious illness spreads. Life is disrupted. People shed their old skins and… Read More ›
There are three big books I’m looking forward to in 2010: Sonallah Ibrahim’s Stealth* (out from Aflame in February), Elias Khoury’s White Masks, (out from from Archipelago in April), and Youssef Ziedan’s Azazeel (out from Atlantic Books in March or… Read More ›
The Animists, Ibrahim al-Koni. February 2010. I think al-Koni’s Bleeding of the Stone is brilliant, a book of international standing, with things to tell us about Libya’s Tuareg people, about humanity, about our (changing) natural world. And I see beautiful… Read More ›
Yemen is still thick in the U.S. headlines. Coincidentally, (unless you can think up some fabulous conspiracy theory involving writers, planes, bombs, and Christmas) the most recent issue of Banipal is full of Yemeni lit. Unfortunately, I can’t say I… Read More ›