Fourteen books that give you something to curl up with as the nights grow shorter. The best and most interesting of what’s coming out this fall.
Two exciting short-story collections are forthcoming in 2014 from Comma Press, one of the leading publishers of the short arts, one from Gaza and another from Iraq a hundred years in the future.
August is ending, beach season is coming to a close, and — huzzah — there’s a new blog in town: قصص أخرى (QISASUKHRA). It’s still rather spare, but promises “excerpts of previously untranslated Arabic literary works in English.” The first entry, titled “My Mother,” is a short story by Hamdi Abu Golayyel (his Thieves in Retirement and Dog With No Tail are both in English). There’s also new late-August fiction up on World Literature Today, Jadaliyya, and probably elsewhere:
I doubt that this list is comprehensive, particularly as concerns “Arab” diaspora literature. Please do post additions below. Also, the list is somewhat mixed & muddled where it concerns US, UK, Australian, and Egyptian release dates. In the first half… Read More ›
With new issues out from Jadaliyya and Banipal, it was time to poke around the Internet for new stories, poems, novel excerpts, memoir fragments and more in translation. NOVEL EXCERPTS From The City of Images (2011), by Luay Hamza Abbas, trans. Suneela Mubayi… Read More ›
This list is incomplete, but I didn’t want to get too far into 2012 before launching it. Please help by bringing more events to my attention. JANUARY Jan 9 Sawiris Awards announced Jan 11 International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist… Read More ›
What’s forthcoming in translation is not nearly as well-publicized as the big English-language novels. But here are 5 to look for in 2012: The Lady from Tel Aviv, by Rabai al-Madhoun, translated from the Arabic by Elliott Colla. The novel,… Read More ›
It’s seeming less and less like a world where English-language publishers can sit around for decades, dangling their toes in the water, knowing that the best in Arabic fiction will be available whenever their feet might get used to the… Read More ›
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing has signed with novelist Radwa Ashour to translate her novel Farag into English. The novel, originally published by Dar el Shorouk in 2008, has been perhaps Ashour’s most popular work. According to Dar el Shourouk: Farag (2008)… Read More ›
Yesterday, Pearson’s African Writers Series signed on Amir Tag al-Sir’s صائد اليرقات, translated by William Hutchins as The Grub Hunter.
There are two very promising Arabic books coming out from Clockroot Books this fall (in English).