Jabbour Douaihy’s novels have been acclaimed and awarded in the last few years, both in Arabic and in French translation. Now, with a new translation of his “June Rain” by Paula Haydar, one hopes the Lebanese author will begin attracting admirers in English, too.
It was not long ago that playwright Lucien Bourjeily (@lucienbourjeily), nominated for a 2014 Index Freedom of Expression Award for his censored play “Is It Permitted or Not,” announced that he’d been prevented from traveling to perform another play in London.
A new week-long literary festival in Beirut promises to bring together writers who sit at the crossroads of two or more cultures and interested readers.
American University in Beirut Launches Sawwaf Comics Initiative; Egyptian Comix Week Starts Tomorrow
Comics — and graphic novels — continue to blossom in Arabic-writing hotspots, including Algiers, Beirut, and Cairo.
Lebanese-American author Rabih Alameddine’s fourth novel, “An Unnecessary Woman,” is on the ten-book longlist for the US’s National Book Award.
It’s now been thirty-two years since the Sabra and Shatila massacres in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps. Like other events that bend human capacity to understand our species, they continue to show up in literature, re-examined: The massacre happened in 1982,… Read More ›
Celebrated author Jabbour Douaihy — shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) and winner of the Prix de la Jeune Litterature Arabe for his “The Vagrant,” and also IPAF-shortlisted for his beautiful “June Rain” — has released a new book, “American Neighborhood,” which reviewer Mishka Mourani says is his “best novel yet.”
Yasmina Jraissaiti and M Lynx Qualey — with the extraordinary help of a cadre of award-winning translators — have put together a selection of contemporary Lebanese writing.
The books and readers of Tripoli, Lebanon saw difficult times this winter, with the burning of the historic Al-Sa’eh bookshop. But the city came to the aid of its biggest bookshop, and now Najwa Sahmarani has galvanized a group to to fund a new “Alkindy” literary and cultural space, named for the ninth-century Iraqi philosopher.
Playwright Lucien Bourjeily (@lucienbourjeily), nominated to win a 2014 Index Freedom of Expression Award for his censored play “Is It Permitted or Not,” has just stated that, following the banning of his play, which “criticizes the General Security censorship bureau, today the General Security banned me in 2014 from traveling and perform another play in London next month…”
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt myself burrow as deeply inside a character as I did inside Myriam, the narrator of Iman Humaydan’s “Other Lives,” translated into English by Michelle Hartman and recently released by Interlink.
Award-winning Lebanese novelist Jabbour Douaihy is at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair this year to sign books; Chiara Comito, the blogger behind Editoriaraba, spoke with him about how he writes and why he continues to return to the subject of Lebanon’s civil war.