The last poem that appeared on Syrian poet Derar Soltan’s Facebook page came on March 22, 2014. He wrote three more posts after that, the last on April 14. But his whereabouts are since unknown.
This month, Words Without Borders has focused on “Writing Exile.” As you might expect, many of the featured authors write in Arabic.
To celebrate the launch of the “Critical Muslim’s” Syria issue, editor Robin Yassin-Kassab has made a list of “10 things to remember about Syria” that trends toward the positive: Maté, sufis, poetry, fatteh. ArabLit focuses on, No. 4, the poetry.
‘Syria Speaks,’ says co-editor Malu Halasa, is a book that could change the debate on Syria.
Several Syrian artists will tour the UK this June to launch Syria Speaks, a new PEN-supported anthology of art and culture to be published by Saqi Books.
Translator Fawaz Azem brings us another poem from young Syrian-Palestinian poet Dima Yousf: “Embrace your cross lovingly and go!”
“With their black banners, they blindfolded us, having extinguished the last glimmer of hope through which we could see the camp.”
Asmaa Abdallah reviewed Khaled Khalifa’s There are No Knives in the Kitchens of This City, translator Lissie Jaquette talked about why the novel will succeed in English, and now al-Mustafa Najjar has interviewed Khalifa, talking about why he continues to set his novels in Aleppo, the duty of the writer, and what sort of characters he enjoys writing.
Fawaz Azem, who earlier shared his translation of poems by Dima Yousf and Nihad Sayed Issa, has now translated a new work by the Syrian writer Derar Soltan Kurdieh, “My Fingers Are Not Enough.”
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.