Ibtisam Azem on the ‘Power of the Silenced Story’

"[T]he red notebook, which has fragments from the oral history and memory of a Palestinian woman, and her grandson, will be beyond Ariel’s control. It is the power of the silenced or unheard story, that will never disappear."

Summer (Arabic) Literary Events in Cairo and the U.K.

CAIRO I think tonight, June 11, I'm going to the signing of Khaled al-Berry's new novel (I have strongly recommended his memoir, Life is More Beautiful Than Paradise). I don't see anything about it on Kotob Khan's website---where the signing is supposed to be?---but if there's no signing, I guess I'll just browse the stacks. … Continue reading Summer (Arabic) Literary Events in Cairo and the U.K.

Sinan Antoon’s New Novel Available ‘in the Next 2 Weeks’

Above is the beautiful cover of Sinan Antoon's new novel The Pomegranate Alone, designed by Mohammad Al-Shammarey. The book should be out in the next two weeks from al-Mu'assassa 'l-`Arabiyya in Beirut. I hope the English translation gets the same cover. Antoon is a poet, translator, and the acclaimed author of I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody. … Continue reading Sinan Antoon’s New Novel Available ‘in the Next 2 Weeks’