"In an ideal world, literary criticism is very important, no less important than creative writing."
Organizers of the Kuwait-based Almultaqa Prize for the Arabic Short Story announced their shortlist this morning.
"According to the release, the five-person jury, chaired by Kuwaiti critic Suad Alenzi, considered 197 short-story collections from around the world."
"This is the way my memory works; it provides me with a stream of scented, flavored, visual memories. For some mysterious reason, it chooses to eliminate sounds and voices, especially when it comes to foreign cities. I tend to totally forget the sounds of these cities and remember only silent streets, squares, gardens, and markets."
[thumbnailgenerator.ashx] This year's Harvill Secker Young Translators' Prize will be awarded to the translator who turns Mansoura Ez Eldin's ليل قوطي into a wonderfully voiced English self.