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.
The fair's new dates are June 30 to July 15, the committee's statement said.
"A man in his seventies and a lady in her ? / meet / in a hospital in Amman."
"Tilted Axis Press will pay each contributor a fee of up to £500, depending on the length of the piece."
"When I walked through the door into the dimly lit hospital room, I found him lying on the bed, broken."
What is it about this novel that resists interpretation and demands re-reading? What makes it iconic? And why have Salih's other books received so little attention?
"The issue has perhaps the most of Saniya Saleh's work that has ever appeared, in translation, in one place."
"So the fact that I couldn’t find enough women was, to me, exciting for the researcher, because now I want to find them. The Women of Arab Graphic Design should be coming out next."
"Cornell University’s Institute for Comparative Modernities welcomes applications from translators for a grant of up to $5000 to complete translations of works from the Global South (Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, etc) into English."
Apologies, these will be mailed out from Interlink and can go to USA addresses only. However, it need not be your address; feel free to enter and gift the book to someone in the US.
"I thought these are crazy days. I have been in prison for a long time, and I have no idea what’s going on. Maybe they’re fabricating a case against Nagib Mahfouz or his ghost."
"Something that I was aware of growing up in Syria, but more now that I’m in Lebanon, is that classical Arabic literature is associated with many things, but it’s not associated with being a space for creative and experimental thinking. So I think the main idea for both of us with this is experimental."