Fiction, From ArabLit Quarterly, WiTMonth

#WiTMonth Fiction: ‘The Sharp Bend at Al-Bakur’

This story, from Najwa Binshatwan’s acclaimed  2019 collection, An Ongoing Coincidence, won the ArabLit Story Prize that same year in Sawad Hussain’s translation. We re-run it this year as part of Women in Translation Month.

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Lit & Found

Lit & Found: Bushra al-Maqtari’s ‘What Have You Left Behind?’ tr. Sawad Hussain

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.”

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