Sinan Antoon First to Win Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Self-translation

Via  Arabic Literature (in English). BY MLYNXQUALEY on JANUARY 20, 2015 • ( 2 ) Iraqi novelist, poet, and translator Sinan Antoon has won the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for bringing his own novel, The Corpse Washer, into English: The 2014 prize was awarded to Antoon for his translation of hisThe Corpse Washer, originally titled The Pomegranate Alone and published by Yale University Press in 2013. Meanwhile, Paula Haydar got a “highly … Read more Sinan Antoon First to Win Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Self-translation

On Ibn al-Hajjaj…

…Whose Poems Schoolboys Were Beaten for Memorizing Another excellent post on  MLYNXQUALEY‘s Arab literature (in English) site, from MARCH 10, 2014 • ( 1 ) If there were two disappointments I had while reading the opening chapter of Sinan Antoon’s The Poetics of the Obscene in Premodern Arabic Poetry, “Ibn al-Hajjaj and Sukhf: Genealogies,” they were: 1) that the full book is listed at more than $70, and 2) that there wasn’t a companion historical novel that … Read more On Ibn al-Hajjaj…

Nostalgia, My Enemy

Saadi Youssef, born in 1934 in Basra, Iraq, has lived in exile for some 30 years now — currently in London, England. Mahmood Darwish has called him a major influence, saying that “Saadi Youssef, whose poetry is in dialogue with the history of popetry, is like no other Arab poet… I was enchanted by his complex simplicity in its search for the poetics of minutiae in the prose of … Read more Nostalgia, My Enemy

Sinan Antoon’s Darwish Translation Gets ALTA Award

Via Arabic Literature (in English) blog: Antoon Wins 2012 National Translation Award for ‘In the Presence of Absence’ Posted on October 7, 2012 by mlynxqualey | Leave a comment On Friday, the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) announced that it had honored two poet-translators, Sinan Antoon and Don Mee Choi: Sinan Antoon received the 2012 National Translation Award for his translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s In the Presence of Absence. According to ALTA, “The $5,000 prize is given annually … Read more Sinan Antoon’s Darwish Translation Gets ALTA Award

Sinan Antoon’s Iraq War Diary

Last month, the excellent Jadaliyya site published extracts from poet-writer-translator Sinan Antoon’s Iraq war-time diary entitled A Barbarian in Rome. Below the opening paras: [The following are excerpts from a longer text in the form of a diary kept during the war] “ I have freed millions from barbarism.” George W. Bush, The Guardian, Sunday, June 15, 2008. i. “Are you going home for the holidays?” asked a colleague of mine some years … Read more Sinan Antoon’s Iraq War Diary