Our second focus is Algeria, co-curated by Nadia Ghanem and Leonie Rau.
We hope to see more Algerian women’s writing in translation. For now, we recommend these four stories, all translated from French.
“– You are on the Mauve Planet.”
The 2021 ArabLit Story Prize will open to submissions on April 1, 2021.
“Le Grand Zoiseau” narrates the story of a little girl who wants to marry, and, seeing her mother deny her the right, she takes matters into her own magic hands.
Our guest this week was once told there were no Algerian crime novels. She begs to differ.
ArabLit Editor Nadia Ghanem surveys the twentieth- and twenty-first century Moroccan literature available in English.
In addition to being “mad,” she was also very clever, and could compose rhyming poetry off the top of her head. She was also a tragic figure in that her mental illness set in after the death of many members of her family during the war, and she was forced to raise her four children on her own.
“A few days ago, I attended the Kuwait Book Fair, and saw that all Arab countries were there, represented by more than one publisher, except Algeria, and this is because of backward laws.”