Adil Babikir on ‘Mansi’: A Rare Book, and a Joy to Translate

"Mansi came out in weekly instalments, starting in 1988, before being collected together and published in 2004. It is a unique type of writing, a combination of biography, autobiography, political analysis, philosophical insight – with a great sense of humor and satire. Translating this work was a joyful experience."

Reading Challenge Update: Shakir Mustafa’s Top 5

Shakir Mustafa (not, you know, Mustafa Shakir) has finally turned in his reading challenge picks. Mustafa is the editor and translator of the excellent Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology. I found many gems in the collection, but was a particular fan of the first two stories: "The Turtle Grandmother" and "Yusuf's Tales," by Muhammad Khodayyir. … Continue reading Reading Challenge Update: Shakir Mustafa’s Top 5

Kotob Khan’s Arabic Bestsellers for April 2010

Thanks to Kotob Khan for making these available. Diwan also posts some bestsellers here, although their ranking or time frame isn't clear. I have not seen bestseller lists from other booksellers. Many of the titles are familiar from last month's list. A few are new: Mekkawi Said’s Downtown Acquisitions (3) is presumably a compilation of … Continue reading Kotob Khan’s Arabic Bestsellers for April 2010