Posts tagged "Arabische Literatur"
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...
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 in Prison Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh (Palestine/Saudi Arabia)

One Year in Prison 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: Adonis (Lebanon/Syria)

Monday Interview: Adonis (Lebanon/Syria)

  Adonis (أدونيس‎, eigtl. Ali Ahmad Said Esber) gilt als bedeutendster arabischer Lyriker der Gegenwart. Er wurde 1930 in Qassabin in Nordsyrien geboren. Durch Rückgriff auf klassische arabische Dichter, die oftmals keine Tabus kannten und kritisch gegenüber der Religion waren, versucht er, diese Offenheit neu zu beleben. Neben seinen Gedichten erregte er durch seine kritischen Essays immer...
Novelist and Poet Omar Hazek: An Open Letter After a Year in Prison

Novelist and Poet Omar Hazek: An Open Letter After a Year in Prison

Egyptian novelist and poet Omar Hazek was jailed on December 2, 2013, charged with violating Egypt’s anti-protest law, a “crime” for which he is serving two years in prison. Yet he maintains more hope than most. We had already posted PEN International’s appeal on his behalf in April 2014. This open letter initially ran in Al-Masry al-Youm. Hazek’s...
Interviews on this Blog, 2010 – 2014

Interviews on this Blog, 2010 – 2014

Interviews have been an occasional feature on my blog since I started it in late 2010. Given that most of them receive a steady interest, from 2015 they will have a weekly spot. Here is what has been published until the end of 2014. Have fun browsing! And if you wish to publish an interview...
Die bunte Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (40/2014)

Die bunte Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (40/2014)

Liebe Gemeinde, heute sind wir, dank des für morgen anstehenden Fahnenwedelns, früher als sonst. Und es geht um Krimis im Wüstensand, Homeland-Quark, Murmeltiere, russische Amazon-Konkurrenz und Panik Downunder. Viel Spaß damit!   Das Königreich Ihrer Majestät Elisabeth II. mag zwar gerade an der Spaltung vorbei geschrammt sein, aber ein Problem hat das Referendum der Schotten...
"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...