Organizers of the Arabic Booker can put an extra feather in their caps today. Not only has the prize raised the profile of Arabic literature worldwide, but it has also given one writer a renewed feeling of social reponsibility.
In the most recent Qantara, journalist Fakhri Saleh gives the landscape of Saudi literature, arguing that its recent blossoming can be attributed to 9/11. In any case, names you should know:
Yesterday, the AFP published a new look at shifts in the Saudi literary landscape. Yes, we know that Saudi novels of the last five years are talking about sex and money in shockingly frank ways. Yes, we know that many Gulf literary critics and writers—including celebrated Kuwaiti writer Laila Othman—have