Just Out: “Arabia (not so) Deserta”

Just out from     spuytenduyvil! Arabia (not so) Deserta Essays on Maghrebi & Mashreqi Writing & Culture Pierre Joris ISBN 978-1-949966-05-3      200 pages        $18.00 Anne Waldman: This is a treasure, a caravanserai of a book, erudite, personal, enlightening. Pierre Joris poet, translator, editor, anthologist scholar, flâneur par excellence—is an incomparable and friendly guide to these realms, his lifelong passion and esprit manifest and up for the rigor of this … Read more Just Out: “Arabia (not so) Deserta”

Attack on Beloved Gazan Novelist Atef Abu Saif

via ArabLit — Arabic Literature and Translation: On the evening of Monday, March 18, just after 5 p.m., some ten masked, armed men attacked Gazan novelist Atef Abu Saif and his neighbor Abdul Meni’m Jadallah while they were in the garden of Jadallah’s house. According to Haaretz, Abu Saif is in critical condition: It was last night when news of the attack on Atef Abu Saif began circulating among other Palestinian … Read more Attack on Beloved Gazan Novelist Atef Abu Saif

On Mahmoud Darwish Day, 13 Poems

via the always excellent ArabLit (Arabic Literature and Translation): The towering, generation-defining Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) was born on this day in al-Birwa. To commemorate his entrance into our world on a March 13, we have excerpts from 13 poems and poemtexts. Follow the links for the more complete works: 1) “The Moon Did Not Fall Into the Well,” from  Journal of an Ordinary Grief, tr. Ibrahim Muhawi Muhawi’s translations … Read more On Mahmoud Darwish Day, 13 Poems

A Look at 99 Books: Algerian Literature in English Translation

via ArabLit /Arabic Literature and Translation: Which Algerian books have been translated to English, which haven’t, and which should be? By Nadia Ghanem As Algeria approaches another momentous step in its political history with a presidential election that, like Brexit, could happen or not but probably yes rather than not, what better time than to plunge into the fiction of Algerian novelists who have played, like their counterparts everywhere, … Read more A Look at 99 Books: Algerian Literature in English Translation

Ruba Abughaida on Self-translating:

‘I Become Another Version of Myself’ via M Lynx Qualey & her superb Arab Literature and translation site: Last month, Albion Beatnik Press published two poetry collections by Ruba Abughaida — the Arabic edition of her Paths and Passageways, and also Abughaida’s own English translation: Abughaida, who was born in London, has collaborated on translation projects in English and Arabic with London-based Iraqi poet Adnan Al Sayegh and Oxford-based poet Jenny Lewis. … Read more Ruba Abughaida on Self-translating:

Arabian Romantic: A ‘Linear Descendent’ of Early Arabic Classics

via ArabLit: Marcel Kurpershoek, editor-translator of ‘Abdallah ibn Sbayyil’s Arabian Romantic: Poems on Bedouin Life and Love, first became acquainted with Nabati poetry in the 1980s, while working as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia. He has also translated Hmedan al-Shweʿir’s Arabian Satire: Poetry from 18th Century Najdand is currently a senior research fellow at New York University Abu Dhabi, where he specializes in the oral traditions and poetry of Arabia. He … Read more Arabian Romantic: A ‘Linear Descendent’ of Early Arabic Classics

‘Loss Sings’: Translating Grief

James E Montgomery’s Loss Sings is the latest title in the beautiful Cahiers Series, explorations of writing and translation that also includes work by Lydia Davis, Elfriede Jelinek, and Maureen Freely; via the always excellent ArabLit, Arabic Literature and Translation: By Tam Hussein On the face of it, Loss Sings claims to be fifteen translations of al-Khansā, a much celebrated Arabian poet of the seventh century whose threnodic poems commemorate the loss of her … Read more ‘Loss Sings’: Translating Grief

David Larsen’s Translation of ‘Names of the Lion’ Wins Harold Morton Landon Award

via ArabLit: The 2018 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award — selected by Ammiel Alcalay — has gone to David Larsen’s brilliant translation of Ibn Khalawayh’s Names of the Lion, which was published last year. This $1,000 annual award, established in 1976, recognizes a poetry collection translated from any language into English that was published in the previous calendar year. Each year, a noted translator chooses the winning book. Tenth-century poet, philologist, … Read more David Larsen’s Translation of ‘Names of the Lion’ Wins Harold Morton Landon Award

An Excerpt from Inès Abbassi’s ‘Bourguiba House’

via ArabLit: As Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) continues, we have a excerpt from Inès Abbassi’s Manzel Bourguiba (Bourguiba House), winner of the Arabic Jury Prize from the Golden Comar, Tunisia’s top literary Prize: The excerpt and book summary are translated by Sawad Hussain. The book is: A tale of Habib and Nur Al-Din, two Tunisian brothers who migrate to the US in the seventies, at a time when most Tunisians … Read more An Excerpt from Inès Abbassi’s ‘Bourguiba House’

9 in 2018: Best of New Translated Arabic Lit by Women

via Arab Lit in English: As Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) opens, we list nine of the best women’s works translated from Arabic to English and published in 2018: Three best of nonfiction It has been a tremendous year for translations of nonfiction by Arab women, usually a space that sees little movement. From Arwa Salih’s political theory to Dunya Mikhail’s poetic journalism to Radwa Ashour’s rihla, these are three that … Read more 9 in 2018: Best of New Translated Arabic Lit by Women