Posts tagged "Egypt"
Omar Hazek: Letter from Prison

Omar Hazek: Letter from Prison

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) have recently published the translation of a letter from prison written by Egyptian poet Omar Hazek in which he explains why he is dedicating his new novel to his nephew, Ahmad. The original letter, which ran in Arabic in Al Masry Al Youm, was titled, “I apologize to you...
Monday Interview: Sami Michael (Israel)

Monday Interview: Sami Michael (Israel)

Sami Michael was born in 1926 in Iraq. He emigrated to Israel in 1949. Although he is a famous and worldwide acknowledged Israeli writer, Medarabnews was more interested in his opinions and views as a life-witness of the history of the Middle East. He is also the president of ACRI, the “Association for Civil Rights in...
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...
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...
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...
"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,...