Mbarek Syrfi, who co-translated The Monarch of the Square (2014) with Roger Allen, answers questions about Zafzaf’s importance to Moroccan literature, his style, and why he hasn’t been translated into English — but should be.
Abdelfattah Kilito on ‘The Real Miracle’ of Translation and What Classical Arabic Literature Can Offer Us
Moroccan novelist, essayist, and critic Abdelfattah Kilito has a new book out in English translation this fall: “Arabs and the Art of Storytelling: A Strange Familiarity,” co-translated by Mbarek Sryfi and Eric Sellin. Kilito recently exchanged emails with translator and critic Robyn Creswell, who shared the exchange on Aesop.
Yesterday, ArabLit posted about a new Mohamed Choukri International Award while making only slight mention of the circumstances under which Choukri’s seminal “al-Khubz al-Hafi” was translated into English. Indeed, calling it a translation is perhaps inaccurate.
World literary awards are plentiful, although credible, transparent, and interesting ones less so. The Mohamed Choukri Foundation, named for the celebrated Moroccan author, recently announced the establishment of one in Choukri’s name.
It was thirteen years ago this month that Moroccan author Mohamed Zafzaf — the “godfather” of Moroccan literature — died in Casablanca. Although the French translation of his “The Cockerel Egg” received the Grand Atlas Prize in 1998, and the Spanish translation of his acclaimed “The Woman and the Rose” occasioned a letter from Spain’s king, he has been nearly absent from English translation.
Al-Mustafa Najjar and M. Lynx Qualey co-review Mohammed Achaari’s “The Arch and the Butterfly,” co-winner of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). While one trend among IPAF judges seems to reward “page-turner” novels, this is not among them.
Book activist Jamila Hassoune was at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Book Fair at an event with Italian writer and blogger Chiara Comito: By Chiara Comito “If there have been the Arab springs in the Arab world it’s because there… Read More ›
In his latest book, A Rare Blue Bird that Flies with Me — shortlisted for this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) — Moroccan writer Youssef Fadel takes the reader on a vividly imaginative odyssey through a dark period in Morocco’s history. Al-Mustafa Najjar talked to the author
The work of Moroccan novelist Abdelrahim Lahbibi was little-known before his third novel, “The Journeys of ’Abdi, Known as the Son of Hamriya,” made it onto this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) shortlist. Al-Mustafa Najjar talked to the author about his sudden shift into the spotlight.
Youssef Fadel’s “A Rare Blue Bird That Flies with Me” is on the six-strong shortlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Cristina Dozio reviews it, and finds time runs, in this evocative novel, runs in many different sorts of ways.
‘Yesterday, Moroccan poet Mohammed Bennis was awarded one of two Max Jacob prizes at a ceremony in Paris.
If you’re in London, Banipal will be launching issue 48, “Narrating Marrakech,” this Tuesday at the Kensington Central Library.