Libyan Novelist Ahmed Fagih, 76

Libyan novelist Ahmed Fagih (1942-2019), best-known for his twelve-volume historical epic Maps of the Soul, died Tuesday at a hospital in Cairo.

Review: Alessandro Spina’s ‘Confines of the Shadow’

This review was meant to be published two years ago, but the magazine that requested it went dark. So here, to accompany our piece on the crowdfunding campaign for the next book in Spina's epic, Colonial Tales: When Alessandro Spina (the pen name of Libyan-born Syrian Basili Shafik Khouzam) began publishing his Confines of the … Continue reading Review: Alessandro Spina’s ‘Confines of the Shadow’

5 Must-translates from Literary Agent Yasmina Jraissati

Jraissati promises: "A novel by one the most interesting emerging voices in Lebanon"; a new novel by Man Booker International finalist Hoda Barakat; novelist by International Prize for Arabic Fiction-shortlisted novelists Youssef Fadel, of Morocco, and Najwa Bin Shatwan, of Libya; and a new nonfiction work by PEN Pinter-winning Syrian novelist and activist Samar Yazbek.