Elias Khoury’s Letter to the Real ‘Gate of the Sun’

Bab al-Shams before First posted on January 13, 2013 on Arabic Literature (in English). A few days ago, Palestinians started to erect a new village, Bab al-Shams (Gate of the Sun) on land seized by Israel for new settlements. (More in Electronic Intifada, NYTimes.) The village’s name is taken from Elias Khoury’s beautiful, epic novel, Bab Al Shams, or Gate of the Sun (trans. Humphrey Davies, published by Archipelago). Yesterday, … Read more Elias Khoury’s Letter to the Real ‘Gate of the Sun’