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"Celebrated novelist and short-story writer Ghassan Kanafani was born on this day in 1936. Almost fifty years have passed since his assassination at the age of just 36."
“Kanafani made me aware of the importance of being part of what is happening in your generation. You cannot be an outsider.”
But perhaps no adaptation of Kanafani's work has stirred as much controversy as the recent Hebrew staging of the novella "Return to Haifa," its (unauthorized) English-language staging in Chicago, and its forthcoming "sur-titled" Hebrew (with a sprinkling of Arabic) performances in Washington, D.C.
According to the Emerging Writers Network (as well as a few lit mags and media outlets), May is not just the month of workers and flowers, but is also Short Story Month. To celebrate, you'll surely need to crack open a collection from the Arabic language's short-story genius, Yusuf Idris. Although I think many of … Continue reading Celebrate Short Story Month With Yusuf Idris, Ghassan Kanafani, Others
Somehow, I thought I could quickly track down each of these 100 titles, translate them (roughly), note whether or not an English translation or excerpt exists, and be done with it. Apparently, my eyes were bigger than my fingers. So here you have it! The first 10 of the best hundred Arab novels selected by … Continue reading The Best 100 Arabic Books (According to the Arab Writers Union): 1-10