Alessandro Spina — the nom de plume of Benghazi-born author Basili Shafik Khouzam — died last year, two weeks before André Naffis-Sahely came to an agreement with a London publisher to translate his epic “The Confines of the Shadow,” which, Naffis-Sahely writes, “belongs alongside panoptic masterpieces like ‘Buddenbrooks,’ ‘The Man Without Qualities’ and ‘The Cairo Trilogy.'”
Libyan poet, translator, and short-story writer Ghazi Gheblawi has been enthusiastically tweeting about Mansour Bushnaf’s “Chewing Gum,” now out in English translation, by Mona Zaki, from Darf Publishers. So, what’s the big deal about “Chewing Gum”?
If there is a single author who should be associated with contemplation of the relationship between humanity and the desert, and the desert and creative writing — post-Ibn Khaldun — it is Libyan novelist Ibrahim al-Koni. He recently spoke with the Louisiana Channel in an interview titled “In the desert we visit death.”
Italian journalist Vittoria Volgare talked with the Libyan short-story writer Omar al-Kikli, whose work has appeared in English translation Banipal and Jadaliyya about al-Kikli’s 2012 prison memoir, Sijniyat, a testament to the years he spent in Ghaddafi’s prisons.
Khaled Mattawa has been elected — along with Arizona poet laureate Alberto Rios — to the Academy of American Poets’ 15-member board.
For years in English, aphorisms were a red-headed stepchild of a genre, practiced seriously only by a few. But with the compression forced by new technologies and social-media software, more writers are writing short. Perhaps by coincidence, a few translations of aphorisms are also appearing.
The Darf publishing house — named for its association with Dar Fergiani — is re-launching this fall with Ahmed Fagih’s “Maps of the Soul.”
It’s good, bad, and complicated in post-Gaddafi Libya. But for the first second-hand book fair since 2011, it certainly sounds good.
Poet-translators Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour have recently assembled a new anthology: Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature (2013).* We exchanged emails with Pierre Joris about how it came together: ArabLit: Although the title is “poems,” you include… Read More ›
On Monday, October 8, Banipal magazine is hosting an event at the Birmingham Book Festival: “The new Libya – its writers and bloggers”: The writers — Ghazi Gheblawi, Mohamed Mesrati, Giuma Bukleb — were all featured in Banipal’s 40th issue, “Libyan Fiction.” And you can find selections… Read More ›
Iowa-based poet and translator Christopher Merrill has been tweeting from the first annual Tripoli International Poetry Festival, going on now in the Libyan capital. The festival, which opened April 28 across from the iconic Arch of Marcus Aurelius in Tripoli’s… Read More ›