Posts tagged "Arab Spring"
Monday Interview: Shukri al-Mabkhout (Tunisia)

Monday Interview: Shukri al-Mabkhout (Tunisia)

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) continue their series of profiles and interviews on International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-shortlisted novelists and their books. Here, Abdeddayem Sallami talks to Tunisian novelist Shukri al-Mabkhout. Longlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), Shukri al-Mabkhout’s novel Ettalyani (The Italian) released by Dar Tanweer in the...
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...
"They don't want any really courageous people!" Interview with Nawal El Saadawi

“They don’t want any really courageous people!” Interview with Nawal El Saadawi

The spirited Egyptian author and feminist Nawal El Saadawi is not afraid of castigating the hypocrisy of the political system and the continued violations of women’s rights in her country. Arian Fariborz spoke to her in Cairo for Qantara.   Qantara: Ms Saadawi, do you see yourself primarily as a writer or as a political...
In Conversation with Amin Maalouf

In Conversation with Amin Maalouf

PEN International conducted this interview with Lebanese-born writer Amin Maalouf during the Writers Unlimited Winternachten festival in January 2014. Maalouf, one of the outstanding voices in the French and Arabic literary world, was award the Prix Goncourt in 1993. You grew up speaking Arabic at home but chose to write (fiction, at least) in French – who,...
Holger's Week in Publishing (48/13)

Holger’s Week in Publishing (48/13)

I have just arrived in Mexico to attend the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, which is one of the highlights of my annual schedule. But the fair only opens tomorrow (Saturday), so I will spare the Latin American stories for the coming weeks (I’ll be in Mexico for a month). You may wish to check...
Holger's Week (44/13)

Holger’s Week (44/13)

Publishing is a tough old game, which is possibly not news to you, especially if you struggle on as a small independent publisher. But even the deepest pockets don’t make it much easier, as recent news from Seattle showed. Amazon is scaling back its publishing operations, letting people go and severing ties with its publishing...
Katar: 15 Jahre Haft für Dichter Mohammed al-Ajami

Katar: 15 Jahre Haft für Dichter Mohammed al-Ajami

Das Oberste Berufungsgericht in Katar hat am gestrigen Montag die Berufung des Dichters Mohammed al-Ajami gegen eine gegen ihn vehängte 15-jährige Haftstrafe abgelehnt. Das berichtet die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters. Al-Ajami war im Februar 2011 verhaftet worden, nachdem das ihm verfasste Gedicht “Tunisian Jasmine” auf Youtube veröffentlicht worden war. Al-Ajami lobt darin den “Arabischen Frühling” und kritisiert...