"For me it’s a little bit like cooking; people say, “if you’re following a recipe then you’re not creating anything.” I don’t agree; you are creating something, you’re creative even if you’re following a recipe."
"I treat my novels and poetry as forms of art, in which I explore all that I do not want to articulate in academic arguments and proofs."
The Khayrallah Center yesterday announce that the 2020 Khayrallah Prize had been awarded to two artists: novelist Rula Jurdi Abisaab and filmmaker Zayn Alexander.
Near the end of the excerpt, as Nour falls asleep, she thinks about how her own father "in a matter of days, transformed into an entirely different person."
"I'm very, very careful; there are ways that we say things in Arabic which if one were to translate them closely or literally would sound to an English ear as being either sectarian, or religious, or 'backwards,' if you want to put it that way."
I recently finished reading Elias Khoury's Little Mountain (1977), as translated by the able and lovely Maia Tabet.* The translation, published in 1989, is full of footnotes. (It wasn't until … Continue reading Footnoting Arabic Literature (in English): Yay or Nay?
Well, perhaps this one was a bit morbid: The "Five Before You Die" was a feature we ran back in the summer 2010; by now, there are now many more … Continue reading 5 Arabic Books (in English) to Read ‘Before You Die’
There are two stories by Luay Hamza Abbas in Banipal 37: Iraqi Authors, "The Pictures" and "Ali the Red," and I think they're well worth discussing. The prose---translated by the … Continue reading The Stories of Luay Hamza Abbas