None of the five Omani writers al-Harthi mentioned has a book translated into English.
Her 'Things Are Not in Their Place' (2009) won both the Sharjah Award for Arab Creativity and Best Omani Publication of 2009.
"A book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure, worth lingering over."
"Unsettlement, a lack of centeredness, manifests itself throughout each work as relocation to a foreign country (Alharthi), foreignness within one’s own body (al-Badri), mournful loss of a beloved (al-Saifi, al-Omairi), as well as the self-reflexive displacement of the poet from poem in the act of writing (Allawti)."
"So, the most decisive situation is when I read something and think: I cannot stand for someone else to translate this, it has to be me."
"There are only three non-Omani writers: Egyptian Mohammed Abdel Qahar, Moroccan Mohsen Akhrif, and Tunisian Nabil Gueddiche."
"Hanashi said he believes the writer’s detention could be in relation to a series of Facebook posts he wrote regarding a rebellion in Oman that took place in the 1960s and 1970s."
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information yesterday condemned the detention of Omani poet and TV producer Nasser Al-Badri.
The Muscat International Book Fair in Oman, which closes tomorrow and has in the past seen 800,000-some visitors, saw an infrastructural push this year. Meanwhile, the giant Riyadh Book Fair -- which sees between one and two million visitors -- opened on March 5.
When Abdulaziz al-Farsi's unusual but compelling Earth Weeps, Saturn Laughs appeared in English last year (trans. Nancy Roberts), it was one of the first Omani novels to find an audience in English. But Omani literature isn't just hard to find in English, but in Arab countries as well.
Omani judicial authorities said Wednesday that they plan to file charges against a poet and bloggers arrested last month. The writers were apparently arrested for demanding political reforms in the country, and for crossing the red line of "disrespect for senior officials, including Sultan Qaboos." The AFP reported that those detained include: "bloggers Nabhan Al Hinshi … Continue reading Omani Poet, Bloggers Detained; Charges Likely
The Muscat International Book Fair---one of the region's largest---kicked off earlier this week, and is set to run through March 4.