Amjad Nasser: ‘We Have to Listen More to Reality Than We Used To’

"It’s difficult for me to predict the destiny of Arabic creative writing, but I think that we have to listen more to reality than we used to, but without being slaves to it, and without being mechanical reflections of reality."

Ibrahim Aslan on His Regrets: ‘I Was A Little Too Afraid of Writing’

Ibrahim Aslan recently released a new book, Hugratan wa Salah (Two Rooms and a Hall) and turned 75. To mark these occasions---as well as the release of a reputedly bad film version of Aslan's The Heron---Al Ahram interviewed the great Egyptian genre-crosser about his motives, methods, and his regrets. Although Aslan arrived on the literary … Continue reading Ibrahim Aslan on His Regrets: ‘I Was A Little Too Afraid of Writing’

Sinaan Antoon on Linearity in Fiction and the Role of the Writer

On The Electronic Intifada, Dina Omar has a very interesting interview this week with poet-novelist Sinaan Antoon. Antoon talks about his first novel I'jaam, which is not linear. He says: In poetry, what I love is the ability to fuse the tenses and various modes of time in one sentence. But it's something that I … Continue reading Sinaan Antoon on Linearity in Fiction and the Role of the Writer