Ziad began to feel that there might be some truth in Sitti’s story after all. He pressed her to keep going. “And what happened next, Sitti?”
As to the 2020 theme, "Palestine are the Global South," they plan to "roll over and develop further for 2021."
"Do not fill postcards with memories/ Between my heart and the luxury of passion/ stretches a desert where ropes of fire/ blaze and smolder, where snakes/ coil and recoil, swallowing blossoms with poison and flame."
In others, the narrator is the child-figure, or, in the case of the wonderfully satiric "Like a Domestic Animal," a house pet: "My demands are basic: / some patting over my head/ and clemency for my horrible daily deeds."
Each winner takes a $4,000 prize.
“A lizard? Shame on you. Of course, I mean, all due respect to the lizards. But I am not a lizard. I am a dragon.”
"I don't like to resemble these taxi drivers to whom passing journalists glean their quick impressions about the country they are visiting."
Huzama Habayeb’s Velvet, by contrast, is unafraid of its fullness: its gold jewelry, its fleshy abundance, its black velvet, and most of all, its melancholic and romantic lyrics, as sung by legendary Lebanese diva Fairouz.
A total of 43 English-language books were entered in this year’s competition.
From the beginning, Khashabi chose to be an independent theater, which has meant refusing institutional Israeli financial support, as, organizers say, "we believe in the importance of an independent and free Palestinian cultural scene."
Khalifeh's classic novel is forthcoming next February 15 from Seagull Books in Sawad Hussain’s translation as "Passage to the Plaza."
Both "Iraq + 100" and "Palestine + 100" – which Page suggested may come to form the beginning of a series – have been published in a spirit of "storming the fort of science fiction," in Page's words, and representing voices and stories historically marginalized within the science fiction canon.