Fawaz Azem has translated three new Syrian poems — one from Dima Yousf and two from Nihad Sayed Issa — all responding, in some way, to the nation’s current landscape.
International Prize for Arabic Fiction Shortlist Countdown: Reading ‘No Knives in the Kitchens of This City’
ArabLit and 7iber continue coverage of this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) longlist – in English and Arabic — with Khaled Khalifa and No Knives in the Kitchens of This City, a powerful novel that explores death, shame, and the lives of those who “refused to bow down despite the losses.”
Asmaa Abdallah reviews Khaled Khalifa’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-longlisted No Knives in the Kitchens of this City. The book has already won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal, and Abdallah is not surprised that this “powerful, morbid, and paralyzing depiction of a devastated and deteriorating Aleppo” would be so lauded.
The Syrian poetAkram Alkatreb will be speaking at the University of Chicago on Friday, January 31 at 3 p.m. on “Syria…memories, love poems, and places.”
Here, a new translation of a story published in 1985, a year when presidential elections were held in Syria and there was only one candidate, Hafez al-Assad. He won a reported 100% of the vote.
According to the British Council call for applications, this is open to “any art form,” which presumably includes writing, theatre productions, and other arts.
Haus Publishing is putting together a “Christmas Drinks” event both to honor visiting Syrian novelist Fadi Azzam and to raise funds for SCHAMS, an organization founded by novelist Rafik Schami in order to aid Syrian children.
This year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature has been awarded to Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa for his ‘No Knives in the Kitchens of this City’ (2013).
English PEN announced their latest set of translation awards, which features — as the news release note — works from over 27 languages, “27 languages from Arabic to Zapotec.”
Door #1 was Hani al-Rahib’s The Epidemic and Door #2 was Mustafa Khalifa’s The Shell. Now, participants in the And Other Stories series of fall book groups focused on Syrian literature will be looking at Mamdouh Azzam’s novel Ascension to Death.
Publishers Weekly today revealed their top 101 Best Books of 2013, which span the adult genres, “nonfiction; fiction; poetry; religion; mysteries and thrillers; cookbooks and lifestyle; health; parenting; crafts and hobbies; comics and graphic novels; science fiction, fantasy and horror; and romance and erotica.” From this list, PW also selects an unranked “top ten”; among these is Syrian novelist and screenwriter Nihad Sirees’s The Silence and the Roar.
Translator Ruth Ahmedzai, who worked on one of the excerpts of Mustafa Khalifa’s The Shell for the “And Other Stories” book group wants publishers to know how strongly she feels this book should be translated.