Bulaq 39: Writers Are Not Magic

Can a poem save the world? Can a novel change the course of humanity? Can a hybrid work leap a building in a single bound?

You Missed Khoury, But Hurry: Still Souief, Matar, Ben Jelloun, Rahimi, and Translator Smackdown!

An un-missable literary event is taking place in London this weekend: the World Literature Weekend. The event I most regret not attending is the translators' smackdown between Sarah Ardizzone and Frank Wyne, both of whom have translated a short story by Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou. According to Ardizzone over at the Guardian books blog: It's … Continue reading You Missed Khoury, But Hurry: Still Souief, Matar, Ben Jelloun, Rahimi, and Translator Smackdown!