Yesterday, PEN International issued a statement expressing they are “deeply concerned” for the authors’ safety.
“Libyan poet Fatima Mahmoud wrote such powerful things in the 70’s, at the height of Gaddafi’s suppression of the people. Everything she wrote still rings true today.”
“But my work came to the scrutiny of the Libyan authorities who tried to lure me to write about the regime and its ideology which I refused to do.”
“Why scrape off my scabbed wound now, Haj Ali? Why prolong tales after the season of their telling has passed?”
The new PEN/Nabokov Award was given for a body of work “of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship.” As its winner, Adonis receives a $50,000 prize.
“This year’s winners will be announced on January 3, 2017.”
“This is the third year that Slightly Foxed, a literary quarterly and independent publisher, has sponsored this award, which is worth £3,500.”
“To help me explore Hisham Matar’s The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land In Between (2016), I ordered a sneeze-inducing, water-stained copy of Knud Holmboe’s Desert Encounter: An Adventurous Journey Through Italian Africa (my copy was printed in 1937), re-read parts of Alessandro Spina’s Confines of the Shadow epic, and even, among other things, pulled Dante off the shelf.”
“If there is a villain in this book, it is not Muammar Ghaddafi, who we never see. It is his bald son Seif[.]”
“[Y]ou cannot be neutral towards this novel.”
“I am a sucker for any of his novels with a Sufi edge.”
“Settling is the death of nomads: the scarecrow, then, is the fate of settling down.”