Poet Inas Abassi was at this year’s Tunis International Book Fair, which suffered from an overlap with the powerful Sharjah International Book Fair (Nov. 7-17) and from ongoing political and economic struggles. Nonetheless:
International publishers are meeting in Sharjah again this year, the thirty-first year of its international book fair, although only the fourth in its new guise as one of the world’s important trade fairs. The Sharjah fair — in some ways… Read More ›
If you’re in the SoCal area on Thursday, Oct. 11 and not teaching/working/studying in the early afternoon, that is. Still trying to determine if they’ll be recording. I’ll add that this is a very enjoyable book in excellent translation…. Read More ›
I got a chill, yesterday, re-reading Mohamed Saghir al-Awlad’s “The Will”:
Why no Messadi in English?
Eleuch’s texts make their reader gasp, running after the fleeting tales in a nimble way that is similar to the nimbleness of “Attouga” , the most famous goalkeeper ever of the Tunisian team…
What’s so special about el-Charni’s stories? She has a particularly sensitive management of groups of people, managing deftly to put great variety and power in them, and also to show how they can act together, as a sort of single character, as she did for instance in the story “The Way to Poppy Street,” from her 2002 collection.
A widely quoted report this week in Tunisia Live addresses censorship in the nation.
Over at Tunisian Literature (in English), my long-lost cousin Ali Znaidi has been actively posting about “The Political Novel in Tunisia,” translating an interview with poet Radhia Chehaibi, and reporting on the winners of the Golden Comar Prize 2012, among… Read More ›
Poet Ali Znaidi — of Redeyef, Tunisia — has opened up a new blog: Tunisian Literature (in English). I was delighted to read:
Tunisia’s government has reversed their ban on protests on Habib Bourguiba, but book lovers are still going out today — in the thousands, if Facebook events pages can be believed — to read in public. “L’avenue ta9ra” — or “The Avenue Reads… Read More ›