In the video, judging chair Chawki Bazih said that although there the novels submitted to the prize were fewer in number than in previous years, they were of a high quality, "rivaling the best books of the prize since its inception."
Again, remember, writers must be living to play, so sadly no Saghir Oulad Ahmed, Mahmoud Messadi, Muhammad Salih al-Jabri, Houcine El Oued, or Aboul-Qacem Echebbi.
The new Banipal (39) is out---somewhere---although rest assured my copy will take its time getting to Cairo.
I’m behind the times! The EURAMAL (European Association for Modern Arabic Literature) conference took place more than a week ago, and I have yet said absolutely nothing about it. Thanks to Paola at "Invisible Arabs" for waking me from my slumber. This go-round, the conference focused on "Desire, Pleasure and the Taboo." While the mention … Continue reading EURAMAL Examines ‘Desire, Pleasure and Taboo’ in Arabic Lit