‘Hara Hotel’: On Centering the Western Narrator and Stories About Syrian Refugees

"It reminds us of the colonial narratives advancing how the colonized people are in desperate need of saving."

The Iraqi ‘Irvine Kafka Poe’

The comparison is both oddly specific and also strangely unhelpful: Blasim is “Iraq’s Irvine Welsh.” Yes, yes, Irvine Welsh is a name I should instantly recognize. But to be honest, I had forgotten why. Irvine, my brain said. Irvine, California? Worse, my brain had linked the name "Irvine Welsh" to novels and screenplays by the American writer Peter Hedges.

Review and Translated Excerpt: Eman Al Yousuf’s ‘Guardian of the Sun’

Emirati author and columnist Eman Al Yousuf has published two short-story collections and two novels, the latter of which, Guardian of the Sun, was co-winner of first prize at the 2016 Emirates Novel Awards in 2016. A review and an excerpt: Guardian of the Sun: The Wish for Survival By Hend Saeed Emirati writer Eman Al Yousuf’s Guardian … Continue reading Review and Translated Excerpt: Eman Al Yousuf’s ‘Guardian of the Sun’