The novel is a caper with a serious bent, an ecocritical story from a context where life was never anthropocentric enough to need "posthumanism."
"– You are on the Mauve Planet."
"In the last week of our series on Iraq’s diverse literary scene — curated by Hend Saeed — we focus on Diaa Jubaili's The Lion of Basra, which is set amongst the fragmentation of Iraq's different religious communities."
Although, one must note, "Take it out when maggoty" is a delightful sentence.
"It was the only book that Ahmed Bouanani wanted to publish, but he died believing that the manuscript had been destroyed when his house burned down."
"We do not bring medieval works to light, when we read them, we are creating them anew with every interpretation. So today, my reading is one of many."
Awlad al-Nas (literally Children of the People) offers insight into Egyptians’ lives during the Mamluk period (1250–1517), which played a key role in Egypt’s history.
With her debut novel, Tunisian author and translator Fathia Debech won a prestigious Katara Prize for the Arabic Novel.
" I will never look at rain the same way I used to; the author talks about it as if it were a living being with a will, attacking the earth, and how it has an effect on the streets."
"It reminds us of the colonial narratives advancing how the colonized people are in desperate need of saving."
"But when it comes to war crimes in civil wars, what is judged as sinful, and what heroic?"
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.