Now in its third year, the Erbil International Literature Festival has been renamed NINITI, after a Sumerian healing goddess, to reflect 2014′s focus on women writers.
Al-Mustafa Najjar continues with his interviews of authors shortlisted for the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, discussing Inaam Kachachi’s novel Tashari with its author.
George Packer has a column in the April 7 New Yorker about “how soldiers write their wars,” which should be re-subtitled: “how US soldiers write their wars.” Which stories are we hearing and which are singing into the abyss?
Al-Mustafa Najjar, who reviewed Ahmed Saadawi’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-shortlisted “Frankenstein in Baghdad,” also interviewed the author, who talks about his novel, including about how, “The element of fantasy adds a touch of joy to the work, mitigating its cruelty.”
At the request of a reader, these are not just books by Iraqis published post-2003 (which would obviously include many more), but literary works that specifically comment on the post-2003 landscape.
At the end of last month, Iraqi poet, scholar, and novelist Sinan Antoon gave a lecture on literary translation titled “Translation as Mourning” at Boston University. Neila Columbo was there: By Neila Columbo In 1989, Sinan Antoon is an undergraduate… Read More ›
Two Iraqi writers — Sinan Antoon (The Corpse Washer) and Hassan Blasim (The Iraqi Christ) — are joined by Palestinian-Israeli novelist Sayed Kashua, who writes in Hebrew, on this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (IFFP) 15-book longlist.
The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) is calling for submissions — with a deadline of March 15 — to a new anthology that will explore, (re)create, and celebrate literary Baghdad.
Beau Beausoleil — founder of the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” project — has brought together 25 readings in the US and UK to mark the seventh anniversary of the bombing of Baghdad’s central bookselling street.
ArabLit and 7iber continue coverage of this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) longlist – in English and Arabic — with Abdel Khaliq al-Rikabi and The Sad Night of Ali Baba, about which al-Rikabi said, “I don’t think I have ever encountered as many moral dilemmas in writing any of my previous novels as I did with this one.”
Jona Fras interviewed Iraqi novelist Abdel Khaliq al-Rikabi about his IPAF-longlisted novel, The Sad Night of Ali Baba, how he went about writing it, and why al-Rikabi believes “that I had to write this novel, whatever happened.”
ArabLit and 7iber continue coverage of this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) longlist – in English and Arabic — with Ahmed Saadawi and “Frankenstein in Baghdad,” which wonders what happens when a killer won’t die.