"In a course with limited time to discuss reader perspectives and biases, I prefer to focus on the act of translation."
The central theme of “K.” is much stronger than most literature coming from the Gulf.
"What I like best is the poem about the spiny-tailed lizard, called a dabb. He tells it as an animal parable, because this is an animal that’s admired for its toughness. It’s very hard to kill it. Even if you put it in a cooking pot, it keeps on swimming in the boiling water."
"[I]t’s also the only source we have for what people thought in that part of the world before the Wahhabi reform movement. We have no other sources."
"The ministry of culture and information has withdrawn the book 'Thursday's Visitors'... and opened an investigation into the matter."
"There is a great appetite for Sufi-themed novels in Arabic. Where will it lead?"
"This award reminds Fayadh, his family, his supporters, and most importantly, his jailers, that his colleagues will continue advocate for his right to freedom of expression until he is released."
"Throughout the novella, women struggle to connect with other women. "
"She felt ashamed, then disgusted, then hatred for her defiled body. She wished she could exact revenge on them all, herself included."
"Yes, I am working on a new novel: it will also be a historical narrative, but with a more recent setting, in the 18th or 19th century."
The 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has gone to Mohammed Hasan Alwan, previously shortlisted for his novel "The Beaver," for his "A Small Death."
"For a long time, we treated the phone like a strange guest."