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"We Are Experiencing a True Upsurge in Iraqi Fiction". Interview with Inaam Kachachi

“We Are Experiencing a True Upsurge in Iraqi Fiction”. Interview with Inaam Kachachi

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) are continuing their series of interviews with  writers shortlisted for the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Here, Al-Mustafa Najjar discusses Inaam Kachachi’s novel Tashari with its author. Ironically, Iraqi fiction has been flourishing ever since the US army invaded Baghdad in 2003. Several prominent Mesopotamian writers have emerged in...
PEN International: Appeal for Egyptian Poet Omar Hazek

PEN International: Appeal for Egyptian Poet Omar Hazek

PEN International protests the two-year prison sentence handed down to Egyptian poet Omar Hazek, who has been held in custody since his arrest in early December 2013 for taking part in a protest. Omar Hazek was held in Hadra prison in Alexandria until 21 February 2014 when he was moved to Burj Al-Arab prison also...
"What Is Left of the City After All That?". Interview with Syrian Novelist Khaled Khalifa

“What Is Left of the City After All That?”. Interview with Syrian Novelist Khaled Khalifa

Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa is one of the few writers who can be said to have truly broken the walls of silence in that nation. His oeuvre breaks down deep-seated taboos in Syrian and Arab societies. Khalifa came to the limelight with the publication of his third novel, In Praise of Hatred (2006), which was shortlisted for...
E-Books in Arabia: Interview with Ashraf Maklad of kotobi.com

E-Books in Arabia: Interview with Ashraf Maklad of kotobi.com

This year’s Cairo International Book Fair saw the launch of Kotobi, the new Vodafone-powered E-Book store for the Arab world. Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) spoke with the man behind the project, Ashraf Maklad. ArabLit: How did you get started on the Kotobi.Com project? Ashraf Maklad: I’m a techie, I’m a geek in general,...
Science Fiction in Arabic: "It Was Not Born All of a Sudden"

Science Fiction in Arabic: “It Was Not Born All of a Sudden”

As you know, we are big fans of our friends at Arabic Literature (in English). We found this interview by Chiara Comito with Ada Barbaro on the background of Science Fiction in Arabic Literature particularly interesting. It was first published on ArabLit’s sister-site in Italian, editoriaraba. Enjoy! Editoriaraba: Has science fiction in Arabic always existed...