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Poetry Please: Ashraf Fayadh, "Frida Kahlo's Mustache"

Poetry Please: Ashraf Fayadh, “Frida Kahlo’s Mustache”

Frida Kahlo’s Mustache Ashraf Fayadh I will ignore the smell of mud, and the need to reprimand the rain, and the burn that has long since settled in my chest. I am looking for fitting consolation for my situation, which doesn’t allow me to interpret your lips however I wish Or to brush away the drops...
Die bunte Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (5/2015)

Die bunte Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (5/2015)

Liebe Gemeinde, heute geht es um arme Dichter, einen Schakal, Argentinien, Zahlensalat, Piratengesänge und mehr. Rund ein Drittel der publizierten Autoren in den USA hat im vergangenen Jahr nur 500 US-Dollar oder weniger verdient. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt Digital Book World. Reine „Verlagsautoren“ (13 Prozent der Befragten) erzielten durchschnittlich zwischen 3000 und 4999 US-Dollar, Selfpublisher...
Amazon Watch (5/2015)

Amazon Watch (5/2015)

The book industry’s favourite monster has again produced quite a lot of news. Here is my digest. I am sorry that I was not able to take a look at Amazon’s quarterly results just yet – they will only be published on Friday.   As we know, Amazon is always looking for new ways of...
Poetry Please: Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, "A Letter in My Purse"

Poetry Please: Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, “A Letter in My Purse”

This is a post by our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, the activist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Saturday, 24 January, was also a poet.   A Letter in My Purse Shaimaa El-Sabbagh trans. Maged Zaher I am not sure Truly, she was nothing more than...
One Year Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh (Palestine/Saudi Arabia)

One Year Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh (Palestine/Saudi Arabia)

Once again, our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) are drawing attention to the plight of yet another writer held by the authorities in Saudi Arabia. Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh was arrested by Saudi authorities on January 1, 2014 — charged with “insulting the Godly self and having long hair” — and has yet to face...
Monday Interview: Nury Vittachi (Sri Lanka/Hong Kong)

Monday Interview: Nury Vittachi (Sri Lanka/Hong Kong)

Nury Vittachi (1958, Sri Lanka) is a journalist and author based in Hong Kong. He is best known for the comedy-crime novel series The Feng Shui Detective, published in many languages around the world, but he has also written non-fiction works and novels for children. This interview was conducted by Holger Ehling at the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair. ...
Poetry Please: Robert Burns, "To A Mouse"

Poetry Please: Robert Burns, “To A Mouse”

To A Mouse Robert Burns Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what panic’s in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi’ bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee, Wi’ murd’ring pattle! I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion Has broken Nature’s social union, An’ justifies that ill opinion, Which makes thee...
Die bunte Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (4/2015)

Die bunte Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (4/2015)

Liebe Gemeinde, heute geht es um Charlie, nützliche Kreativlinge, lange Gesichter, Nimbies und mehr. Wie geht es weiter nach dem Anschlag auf Charlie Hebdo? Die weltweiten Proteste sind gelaufen, die Toten sind unter der Erde, ein neuer Chefredakteur ist bestellt. Aus Hanau hören wir, dass eine Ausstellung mit den Karikaturen von Greser & Lenz kurz...