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Readers in Solidarity with Threatened Algerian Novelist Kamel Daoud

An Algerian Salafi imam — called “un obscure salafiste” by the paper Le Matin — has called for the death of award-winning Algerian novelist Kamel Daoud:

It was yesterday, Dec. 16, that Salafi leader Abdelfatah Hamadache declared a fatwa

2014: Year of the Arabic Poem (in Translation)

There were at least nine contemporary Arabic poetry collections published in translation this year, a number of them stunning, ground-breaking, beautifully produced:

Certainly there were more novels than poetry collections — I have yet to do a full tally, but there are always man

y more novels.

Contemporary Arabic Literature ‘Is a Victim of Authoritarianism,’ And Yet…

This month over at Apogee, Jordanian author Hisham Bustani, Palestinian-American author Naomi Shihab Nye, and Palestinian-Canadian author-translator Thoraya El-Rayyes had a three-way conversation about commercialization, co-optation, experimentation, and what it means to write

Why Did ‘Other Press’ Stick Through Heated Auction to Get Debut Algerian Novel?

Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud’s Meursault, Counter-Investigation was the subject of a heated auction at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. Why did Other Press stick it out to acquire world English rights? 

Publishers Weekly talked to Other Press publisher Judith Gurewich.

Review: Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer   Reassessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann reveals his activities and notoriety among a global network of National Socialists after the collapse of the Third Reich

By Stephen Pate – I have read a fair number of books on the Nazi’s from “Commandant of Auschwitz : The

Hanan al-Shaykh on the Launch of ‘The Virgins of Londonstan’

The Beirut International Arab Book Fair may not be as big as Arabic book fairs in Riyadh, Sharjah, or Cairo, but, by virtue of being Beirut, it draws in some of the region’s biggest writers:

Among this year’s visitors was novelist Hanan al-Shaykh, who launched her latest novel, The Virgins

In Literature, Concealing and Revealing Torture

A few days ago, the New York Times ran an op-ed from a creative-writing instructor and confessed torturer:

“I was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib,” Eric Fair writes. “I tortured.”

But when Fair discusses his creative-writing class at Lehigh University — in conjunction with

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