“So I felt like, Okay, this is my domain, this is literature. It wasn’t Arabic any more, it was literature. And that was my way in.”
“Narrating the Middle East” is an exciting virtual Arab literary festival taking place on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday May 18, 2022.
Lena Bopp discusses the challenges of publishing Arabic literature and other issues with Rasha al Ameer, Piero Salabè and Yasmina Jraissati at Frankfurt Book Fair.
While more writing from across the Arab world is being translated into other languages, a vast number of classics and modern works of Arabic literature remain untranslated. Our panel of experts on Arabic literature explores the reasons why many great Arabic writers are not yet translated, what makes Arabic literature so rich and varied, and which writers they believe deserve more international attention. They also explore how publishers and readers can get to know the deep canon of great works from the diverse Arab world. Hosted by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and Publishing Perspectives.
“I think one of the issues we have is that, in the US, the book industry is, well, very industrial. Most editors know exactly what they’re looking for, what would fit with their house’s identity, their target readership, their marketing strategy, their catalog of the following Spring.”
This week, Yasmina Jraissati writes in L’Orient Littéraire about the relative visibility (or invisibility) of Arabic literature in Western markets.