Via the always excellent ArabLit came the news this morning of Amjad Nasser’s illness. I met him many years ago, in Paris, & he & his writing were immediately very close to me. It was he who sent me a xerox of the out-of-print English translation of Niffari’s Book of Stations, a sufi concept — the station, the maw’qif — that would become essential to a core aspect of my … Read more In Celebration of Amjad Nasser, a Poet Who ‘Mourns Himself While Still Alive’
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
by mlynxqualey Amjad Nasser is not Amjad Nasser: “Amjad Nasser” is the pen name of a poet, journalist, travel-writer, and novelist who was forced to leave his native Jordan when he was just 21. After that, he lived in Beirut and Cyprus, working as a journalist and poet, finally ending up in London in 1987. Since then, he has carried multiple identities, some of which can be glimpsed in his debut novel, Land … Read more Amjad Nasser: ‘We Have to Listen More to Reality Than We Used To’
Via PEN / AMERICA: PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 6, 2014 see also this blog for 30 September On September 27, 2014, Jordanian-British Poet Amjad Nasser was denied permission to board a plane bound for New York, where he was to inaugurate the new Gallatin Global Writers Series at New York University. Like other writers who face ideological exclusion from the U.S.—including Ilija Trojanow almost exactly one year earlier—Nasser was given no … Read more PEN /AMERICA On Amjad Nasser
via Jadaliyya When Your Name is on the Blacklist Sep 30 2014 by Amjad Nasser أمجد ناصر [The cover of Amjad Nasser’s novel, “Land of no Rain.” Image from Bloomsbury] [The Gallatin School of New York University invited Amjad Nasser, one of the major poets of the Arab world, to inaugurate its Gallatin Global Writers series on 30 September. On 27 September, US Homeland Security at Heathrow, London, interrogated Nasser and … Read more Poet Amjad Nasser Refused Entry into the U.S.