This special event taking place as part of the Dubai Expo is for literary translators, publishers, writers and other professionals involved in Arabic literature and translation.
Najwa Bin Shatwan
The American Way: Stories of Invasion re-examines US foreign policy with stories that explore the human cost of these interventions on foreign soil, by writers from that soil. It features, among many other writers, stories by Najwa Bin Shatwan, Hassan Blasim, and Lina Meruane.
“When Naguib Mahfouz was a boy, he tells us, two paths lay before him. There was the path of the literature he loved to read and write. He could take that path and become a distinguished author. There was also the path of the football he loved to play and the footballers he admired. He could take that, it was said, and become a member of the Egyptian Olympic football team.”
“The story suggests that the innocent dead were sacrificed for the vanity of those in power and those who seek it.”
After a good deal of debate, the judges of the 2019 ArabLit Story Prize settled on a four-story shortlist, with works by Mahmoud Hosny, Najwa Bin Shatwan, Mohamed Al-Ashry, and Samar Nour.
“Why scrape off my scabbed wound now, Haj Ali? Why prolong tales after the season of their telling has passed?”