"Today, Bouanani's English-language publisher, New Directions, is celebrating the two books with simultaneous launch events in NYC and DC."
"There, where my body seemed to lay a great distance from me, I put my hand on my leg, on my fingers, and I couldn't tell they were mine. My thighs. My legs. My waist. Everything was dry and withered."
"Again, remember, writers must be living to play, so no Mohammed Choukri, Ahmed Bouanani, Muhammad Zafzaf, Mohamed Leftah, Driss Chraïbi, or Malika Moustadraf."
Your rude fist wrapped it round And clung.
Waiters would greet him, “Ja’izat Nobel dyalna, our own Nobel laureate,” and set him up at a table with a pot of green tea.
“To be a writer you have to be against the state, firstly,” Fadel insisted. “Against everything—the writer is a demolisher."
"I must say, I’ve never taught a course on Moroccan literature, until now, because I felt there hasn’t been enough work available. I feel like I’m now ready to start thinking about such a course."
"The words that I fear more than anything when I’m talking to someone in Arabic is, ‘I have a joke.’ They’ll tell the joke, I’ll understand all the words, and I won’t react. Then they’ll tell it again. I’ll understand it, but I still won’t laugh. Humor is a minefield!"
All the longlisted stories will appear in the anthology "ID: New Short Fiction from Africa," scheduled for release in July 2018.
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.
How lucky they are! They do it in public. They’re shameless—as the saying goes, “Not only God sees them but his servants do too.” They don’t have to worry about a police patrol, or about what people will say.
Whether dystopian or utopian, fictional or fact-based, we would like you to answer the following question "how do you see your the Maghreb in the next 30 years?"