Friday Finds: Life Writing by Women in Arabic

Words Without Borders recently published a special section co-edited by Sawad Hussain and Nariman Youssef, "Beyond Representation: Life Writing by Women in Arabic."

Darwish’s /Journal of an Ordinary Grief/ Set for an October English Release

This October (2010), Archipelago Books will release one of Mahmoud Darwish's prose collections, a volume of rich autobiographical essays, Journal of an Ordinary Grief. The Journal was originally published in 1973, and these essays or extended prose poems explore the relationships between Israelis and Palestinians, and Darwish's own complex identity. I have not yet read … Continue reading Darwish’s /Journal of an Ordinary Grief/ Set for an October English Release

Get Your Free Sample of Newly Released /The Essential Nawal El Saadawi/

I seem to have come across a number of "essential" books  summarizing works by great Egyptian thinkers and writers: I recently read The Essential Tawfiq al Hakim (2008) and The Essential Yusuf Idris (2009), both out from AUC Press, and I see they also will be putting out an Essential Naguib Mahfouz later this year. … Continue reading Get Your Free Sample of Newly Released /The Essential Nawal El Saadawi/

Update on Barghouti’s /I Was Born There, I Was Born Here/

Bibliophiles take note: Palestinian poet Mourid Bargouti's new memoir is set to come out in  in English next fall from American University in Cairo Press. The translation of Bargouti's second memoir, I Was Born There, I Was Born Here (ولدت هناك، ولدت هنا), is being done by Humphrey Davies. Davies also translated Elias Khoury's Gate … Continue reading Update on Barghouti’s /I Was Born There, I Was Born Here/