” I have done my best to show the uniqueness of Ferchichi’s story and her style, exemplified in her rich diction and the dancing words she uses to evoke joy, something like the children who stamp the ground to express their mirth.”
The winner’s set to be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on August 21.
“The jury will select the winner based on graphic quality, audio quality, artistic and technical excellence and informational value, with particular reference to overall publishing excellence and innovation.”
The Palestinian short-story collection is by Gazan writer Nayrouz Qarmout, whose “The Sea Cloak” first appeared in the Book of Gaza, ed. Atef Abu Saif. It’s being brought into English by emerging translator Perween Richards.
“This year’s winner will be announced October 18.”
In the dark
deep stagnant dark
where the wind roars
and the wet trees howl like women raped
he encircles me with his arms
and sinks into my flesh like louse eggs.
What will you find in Emirati author Hamad AlHamady’s terrorist thriller? Sawad Hussain translates an excerpt.
“A number of contemporary Arab-authored and Arabic-language science fiction texts are displayed, gesturing to the recent surge in the popularity of the genre throughout the Middle East[.]”
“The great thing about the book is that you can one minute want to shake almost any of the characters by the shoulders and then at the next sympathize. Even the central character in Goliath’s Eye chapter, is simultaneously evil, banal, and kind of understandable, in an appalling way.”
“But irony and sarcasm are dangerous devices. And I have a fleeting sense that my fondness of irony will one day cause my demise.”
“The deadline for submissions is rolling, but BROB is currently seeking new work for the next bi-monthly edition in July.”
“Someone on Twitter asked about new books by Muslim writers to read (or get hyped about) for Ramadan, so I made a short list of newish and forthcoming books[.]”