The Trouble with the Muscat International Book Fair

The Muscat International Book Fair---one of the region's largest---kicked off earlier this week, and is set to run through March 4.

Symposium on Translating Omani Lit Starts Today

According to the Oman Observer, the two-day symposium---"Translating Omani Literature"---promises to tackle issues related to bringing Omani lit to Arabic and non-Arabic audiences. This was news to me, as I didn't realize that a significant amount of Omani literature had to be translated into Arabic. (In fact, I have yet to get a handle on … Continue reading Symposium on Translating Omani Lit Starts Today

Hussein al-Abri on Why Writing Infuriates Him, the Absence of Omani Novels, and Why He’s Not Looking Forward to the Beirut39 Festival

Hussein al-Abri, one of the Beirut39 (39 Arab writers, blah blah blah), is primarily a hospital physician, although since 2000 he has published four novels. He talked about his conflicted feelings toward the literary arts on the Beirut39 website. The game of writing is what I find appealing. Yet words have meanings that stretch it … Continue reading Hussein al-Abri on Why Writing Infuriates Him, the Absence of Omani Novels, and Why He’s Not Looking Forward to the Beirut39 Festival

ANHRI Releases List of Books Banned or Seized at Omani Fair

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) announced earlier this week that it had gotten hold of a list of books banned from distribution at the March 2010 Muscat International Book Fair. Among the titles banned or seized from the fairgrounds, according to the ANHRI, were: - Hadd Al Shouf, (The Extent of Vision), … Continue reading ANHRI Releases List of Books Banned or Seized at Omani Fair