Alex Elinson on Translating the ‘Power of Laughter in the Face of Economic and Social Despair’

"I prefer...to place the novel into a certain constellation of recent works that are set in imaginary (or semi-imaginary) yet entirely recognizable settings – works such as The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz, Otared by Mohammed Rabie, Paul Beatty’s Sellout, Dave Eggers’ A Hologram for the King, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. "

The Prix Goncourt: On Bourgeois Literature and the Drawbacks of Awards

Last year's Prix Goncourt -- France's most prestigious literary award -- went to Moroccan writer Leila Slimani for her Chanson Douce. Why this novel? What work does this prize do? From an essay that originally appeared in Arabic on Al Modon: By Ayoub El Mouzaïne Translated by Dana Dawud When asked in an interview about his … Continue reading The Prix Goncourt: On Bourgeois Literature and the Drawbacks of Awards