The story begins when the narrator enters Colonel Hamid's office.
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.
"Yet if al-Koniʹs shorter 'Bleeding of the Stone' and 'Gold Dust' are small paintings you can hang on a living-room wall, then The Fetishists is a giant multi-room museum piece."
"Often, readers tell me I should write about one subject or another, and I don’t like this sort of relationship, where readers approach the writer as though they're a machine or a mythical creature."
"I began thinking about the sanctity of Arabic and the way it is used to justify certain ideologies or concepts which many Libyans don’t agree with. Gaddafi made Arabic Libya’s standard language, and with it not only marginalized Libya’s indigenous people but also justified a newly established regressive way of living."
"Crowdfunding is becoming a useful tool for independent authors and publishers to reach a diverse readership."
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’
"Bin Shatwan is scheduled to arrive in Durham to begin her residency in January 2018. During her three-month residency, she's meant to engage in monthly literary activities with writers and readers in Durham, the northeast of England, and in London -- in addition to pursuing her work-in-progress."
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.
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."