The magazine The Common is publishing its first work of Arabic literature in translation in Issue 6, which is set to be released on October 28. We asked a few questions about the process of Jennifer Acker, the magazine’s founding editor and editor in chief, and of Hisham Bustani, whose work is featured in the magazine.
And so it begins: a ban on Jordanian news websites that have not registered and/or been licensed by the government’s Press and Publications Department.
Author Hisham Bustani and translator Thoraya El-Rayyes discuss how they have worked together to translate Bustani’s stories.
In Jordan today, many websites have gone offline to protest proposed government censorship plans that include new restrictions on the Internet:
Then on Tuesday, news came that the Arabic edition of Blasim’s first, excellent collection — Madman of Freedom Square — had been banned in Jordan, a country that was supposed to have scrapped censorship back in 2007.
During recent visits to Jordan and Syria, Boston librarian Diane D’Almeida (pictured) videotaped short interviews with a dozen different Arab authors. She also has since interviewed a dozen Boston-based authors, asking similar basic questions: Why do they write? For whom (if… Read More ›
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing just announced that they’ve signed up حيث لا تسقط الأمطار (Where the Rain Doesn’t Fall – Dar Al Adab 2010), the first novel by the Jordanian poet Amjad Nasser. BQFP is planning to release the book… Read More ›
The Jordanian news-and-culture website 7iber.Com is launching its new book club, “Inkitab – انكتاب,” with a reading of The Committee (1981, 2001 English) by celebrated Egyptian author Sonallah Ibrahim.
The LA Times has a piece today about Sami Abu Hossein’s small bookstore in Amman, dedicated to censored titles. And yet Abu Hossein is not at odds with the Jordanian government, the Times notes, which has announced that it would stop censoring books.
Hatim al-Shuli, a university student and sometimes-poet, has been arrested for a poem criticizing King Abdullah with al-Shuli’s name on it, according to Human Rights Watch. Al-Shuli denies having written the poem. According to HRW: Al-Shuli was arrested on July… Read More ›
Jordanian poet and journalist Hussein Jelaad is the latest of the Beirut39 (39 talented Arab writers under 40) to be interviewed by Sousan Hammad. She asked about his influences: You may find it strange if I told you that novelists… Read More ›