Today is the birthday of the great Moroccan poet Mostafa Nissabouri. Here, the little commentary we published to accompany his work in Habib Tengour’s & my North African — Poems for the Millennium anthology: “Born in 1943, Mostafa Nissabouri is a core representative of contemporary francophone Moroccan poetry, co-founder — with Abdellatif Laâbi & Mohamed Khair-Eddine — of the great avant-garde 1960s magazine Souffles, & was later editor of Intégral. Writes James … Read more Happy birthday, Mostafa Nissabouri!
via ArabLit. Palestinian writer Atef Abu Saif is a talented and insightful political scientist, novelist, short-story writer, and editor who lives in Gaza: 1. Still Life: Scenes in Gaza Time (2006), translated by William Hutchins. This excerpt begins: He discovered suddenly that Gaza had a sea — a big sea, too. It was blue — like a dark-colored painting — and in the evening the sun resembled a giant orange plunging … Read more 5 from Gazan Writer Atef Abu Saif
Extracts from the excellent reading by Ammiel Alcalay in the * P r o s e P r o s * series hosted by Martha King & Elinor Nauen Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the SideWalk Café.
Via Arab Lit (in English) & BY MLYNXQUALEY on MARCH 12, 2018 • ( 0 ) ArabLit’s ongoing series on Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation continues with a conversation between ArabLit’s editor and Ghenwa Hayek, Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the College at the University of Chicago, mostly around her courses “Narrating Conflict in Modern Arabic Literature” … Read more Teaching with Arabic Literature in Translation: ‘Narrating Conflict’ and ‘Literary Legacies of War in Lebanon’
Via Arab Literature (in English) & MLYNXQUALEY on FEBRUARY 22, 2018 • ( 2 ) Amjad Nasser’s Here is the Rose didn’t make the 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist yesterday, although reviewer Ibtihal Mahmood thought the book was worthy of going all the way: By Ibtihal Mahmood Does time only move forward? If so, what do we do about the aphorism “history repeats itself”? In 1852, … Read more Amjad Nasser’s ‘Here is the Rose’: ‘We Can No Longer Tell Tragedy from Farce
Today is the opening of Moroccan artist Yto Barrada’s installation AGADIR at the Curve Gallery of the Barbican Center in London. Below, the official announcement & a few of the pages from Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s book “Agadir,” which I translated for the occasion: For her first major London commission, artist Yto Barrada weaves together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of a city and its people … Read more AGADIR: Installation by Yto Barrada & texts by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine
… he is ever so alive! Below, a little piece by Kurtchen translated by Jerome Rothenberg & myself from our book pppppp (still available from amazon or exact change) THE GREAT ARDOR OF DADA A Funeral March Ardor bleeds Ardors bleed blood.. Merz greening tempest, charge at the clocks. The churchtower rises a pervert clawing of claws (it goes without saying). Claws on top claws, pervert, claws; smackeroo. Blamm. … Read more Today, on the 70th Anniversary of Kurt Schwitter’s Death…
Orphic Ontologies II The essence of human power: access to the cosmos from the heavens down to earth & into the Cro-Magnon underworld Charles Olson on Wallace Stevens. to Creeley, May 5, 1952: “For the lie in Stevens, however much the pleasure in the play of words, is his language, that, it is without rhythm because it is without passion which is person (not personae, that further divide … Read more Two Texts by Clayton Eshleman: (2) Orphic Ontologies II