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World Shakespeare and the Arab Spring

“Who’s Shakespeare?” a character asks in a new translation of Tunisian-Swedish writer Jonas Hassan Khemiri’s Invasion:

Arab adaptations and appropriations of the bard are numerous; Margaret Litvin looks at three (Tunisian, Iraqi, and Palestinian) in her

Book review - Mrs Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna
For those who have followed the blogs of Twinkle Khanna on a couple of national newspapers, they would know that the lady indeed has a zany sense of humor. One has to 'get it' to begin with; but then when it sticks with you, you turn into a steady companion. Hence, I was pretty
Soup for Syria: A Book to Fund Food Relief

Next month, Interlink Publishing will bring out a cookbook set to launch in “churches, mosques, synagogues”…”homes, neighborhoods”… and “farmer’s markets”: 

This cookbook is Soup for Syria, and it martials

The Drone Eats With Me: A Vivid Chronicle of War’s New Face

From Qantara, a review of the Comma Press edition of Atef Abu Saif’s The Drone Eats With Me:

War is among literature’s most constant companions. Violent conflict has shaped and shaded the epic poetics of Homer and Antarah, the dark memoirs of WWII death

Book review - Murder in Bollywood
Pulp Fiction - Now this is one genre that continues to be explored in the world of Hindi novels, but is a rarity in the English language. Somehow, the genre has been scoffed at in the mainstream fiction arena, at least in the Indian writing scene. Yes, Sikandar director Piyush Jha has
Oh, Salaam!: Easy and Crude Is What Makes This an Entertaining, Intelligent Novel

Najwa Barakat’s Oh, Salaam! is another of the twenty-nine books in the running for the 2015 Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Writer Eyad Houssami looks into the novel’s central myths:

By Eyad Houssami

Elias took on the nickname “the

Fostering Chinese-Arabic Literary Links

The guest of honor at this year’s Beijing International Book Fair, set to take place from August 26-30, is the United Arab Emirates:

This marks the growing ties between, if not contemporary Arabic and Chinese literatures, at least the two literary spheres. According to

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