This excerpt from Bushra al-Maqtari’s What Have You Left Behind is a companion to our discussion with translator Sawad Hussain: “On Translating Trauma, and What To Do After Reading About Yemen.”Continue Reading

Writers, translators and editors celebrate new writing from Palestine. Featuring Maya Abu Al-Hayyat, Marcia Lynx Qualey, Alice Youssef, Sonia Nimr, Sawad Hussain, Jehan Bseiso, Louis Allday, Suchitra Vijayan, Meg Arenberg and Bhakti Shringarpure. Books in focus include You Can Be The Last Leaf by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat translated by Fady Joudah, Thunderbird II by SoniaContinue Reading

Bringing a New Audience to Arabic Literature Featuring Michael Cooperson, Sawad Hussain, and Chip Rossetti In 2018, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award launched the translation grant to foster the translation, publication, and distribution of Arabic literature around the world. In this panel discussion, Sheikh Zayed Book Award-winning translators will discussContinue Reading

The 2018 book, al-Maqtari said in an interview with al-Madaniya, was an attempt to “resist death through writing”; she added: “It was a simple attempt to document the narrative of the war and its dark memory based on those affected by it. It contains the memories of victims, whose suffering the warring parties insist on deepening and exploiting, and shows how all of the parties in the conflict, in the end, are murderers.”Continue Reading