Egyptian novelist and short-story writer Bahaa Taher, winner of the inaugural International Prize for Arabic Fiction, died on Thursday at the age of 87.
Sometimes, being the runner-up isn’t so bad. Particularly, well, if you’re runner-up to yourself. The Ghobash results:
The Winner Humphrey Davies
Runner-up Humphrey Davies
Runner-up Kareem James Abu-Zeid
Bahaa Taher: “Khalti Safeyya said that things are not that bad, and this is something they do not want to hear. The BBC interviewed me about it, and the anchor kept interjecting, ‘Surely things are not really as you describe them.’ At the end I told her it is your testimony against mine.”
In the interest of “balance,” today we’ll be providing some good old-fashioned views of Arabs (in English) over here at ArabLit! First, the Guardian books blog has a post about […]
Last night at Cairo’s Manial Palace, Penguin International President Andrew Phillips and Dar El Shorouk Chair Ibrahim El Moallem formally signed themselves into a partnership that was more than a year in the making: a joint Shorouk-Penguin project that will bring out both Penguin classics and local titles in Arabic.