Posts tagged "Censorship"
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...
Books That Matter: How David Philip Publishers Managed to Reissue Banned Books During Apartheid

Books That Matter: How David Philip Publishers Managed to Reissue Banned Books During Apartheid

David Philip Publishers has shared an excerpt from Books That Matter: David Philip Publishers During the Apartheid Years, a memoir by Marie Philip. David Philip Publishers was established in 1971, with the aim of publishing “books that matter for Southern Africa” and challenging mainstream apartheid thinking. In 1992, Nadine Gordimer of the founders: “David and Marie...
Readers and Writers Battling Censorship in Kuwait Have a Hard Road Ahead

Readers and Writers Battling Censorship in Kuwait Have a Hard Road Ahead

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) recently looked at censorship in Kuwait, where rumours of „sex books“ in libraries have stirred some heated discussions. But, according to Kuwaiti Minister of Education and Higher Education Bader Al-Essa, these rumours are greatly exaggerated. The Kuwait-based Arab Times wrote — in an article titled ‘Presence Of Sex Books In...
Solidarity with Threatened Algerian Novelist Kamel Daoud

Solidarity with Threatened Algerian Novelist Kamel Daoud

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) recently posted the disturbing news of a call by Algerian Salafi leader Abdelfatah Hamadache — called “un obscure salafiste” by the paper Le Matin — for the death of award-winning Algerian novelist Kamel Daoud.   On December 16, Salafi leader Abdelfatah Hamadache declared a fatwa condemning the writer and journalist Kamel Daoud to death. The declaration to...
The Poet Cannot Stand Aside: Arabic Literature and Exile

The Poet Cannot Stand Aside: Arabic Literature and Exile

Marcia Lynx Qualey, whose blog Arabic Literature (in English) we cannot but admire, has published this remarkable analysis in Words without Borders, as part of their September issue on Exile. We highly recommend both sites to everyone who is really interested in what goes on in world literatures. Fourteen hundred years ago and more, the poet-prince...
Poem for the Weekend: Hashem Shaabani, "Seven Reasons Why I Should Die"

Poem for the Weekend: Hashem Shaabani, “Seven Reasons Why I Should Die”

Seven Reasons Why I Should Die by Hashem Shaabani   For seven days they shouted at me: You are waging war on God! On Saturday, they said it’s because you’re Arab On Sunday, Well, you’re from Ahvaz On Monday: Remember that you are Iranian Tuesday: You mock the Holy Revolution Wednesday: Didn’t you raise your...