In the New York Review of Books, Hisham Aidi writes about Paul Bowles, Tangier, repression, Orientalist distortion, and the persistence of myth.
She was also inspired by Algerian cartoon artist Slim, and the Moroccan author Abdellah Taïa, who writes openly about being gay -- and, of course, the Amazigh queen, Kahina.
"For my grandmother, her father was a martyr in the glorious battle of Annual. She convinced herself of this, and she believed it."
"Time fled past the trashcans. Zodiac partied hard with long and bloody fireflies."
Awards were given in seven categories, including: poetry, prose, children's literature, and translation.
To mark publication day, Youssef Fadel sent five of his favorite reads: one from Jordan and four from Morocco; two available in translation and three not yet translated to English.
This year, two IWP residents come from neighboring Maghrebi nations.
"The man is stretched out on his bed. He’d rather not know who the woman is whose body is underneath it."
Moroccan poet and novelist Mohcine Akhrif (1979-2019) died Sunday at a regional book fair in the northern city of Tetouan.
The second, "Mice in the Wardrobe of Solitude," closes with a gorgeous, terrifying image of the world as a refrigerator, which, when opened, gives off nothing: "but the odor / of the white / rotted by the ice."
No book translated from the Arabic made either the poetry or fiction longlists of the 2019 Best Translated Book Award (BTBA), announced yesterday.
The winners will be celebrated at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 26 in NYC.