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On #BannedBooksWeek, Why Edward William Lane’s Arabic Lexicon Currently on ‘Disapproved’ List

It’s Banned Books Week in the United States, which is often touted as a celebration of banned literature, something relegated largely to the country’s margins or its past:

Yet as a piece in this Sunday’s Guardian points out, many prisons in the

Rabih Alameddine’s ‘Angel of History’: Corny and Glorious

Lebanese-American novelist Rabih Alameddine’s The Angel of History hasn’t yet appeared — it’s available next month — but it’s already made the 2017 longlist of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

This review first appeared on BookWitty:

Queerness in Khaled Khalifa’s ‘No Knives in the Kitchens of This City’

There is little joy or stability for the central characters in Khaled Khalifa’s No Knives in the Kitchens of This City, now translated by Leri Price and published by Hoopoe this fall:

The book’s little-joy-ness won’t come to a surprise to fans of the

Book review – Pradeep Chandra’s Abhishek Bachchan – Style and Substance

‘Why Abhishek Bachchan?’

Well, many are expected to have this question on seeing a book around the actor hitting the stands. This isn’t all. It is a coffee table book, a good 200 odd page affair that has been put together by photojournalist Pradeep Chandra for the 40

In Books: Jewish Exodus from Iraq Revisited

A number of recent novels have addressed the relationship between Muslim, Christian, and Jewish populations of Baghdad. Iraqi writer Ali Shakir tells his story:

By Ali Shakir

Who would have thought?

At the age of ten, I took to the stage in my primary school in Baghdad to

First Kurdish Novel Published in English? ‘It Is Unfortunate That We Still Talk About This’

Claims of first-ness often have an earnest, door-to-door-salesman ring to them, pressing us to see a firm break with a vision of the past, moving us into a (sometimes bizarre) vision of the future:

This novel’s particular claim to first-ness is

Kuwaiti Novelist Saoud al-Sanousi on Why José Rezal Inspired Him and Hopes for the Future

While living and working in Qatar back in January of 2015, Andrew Leber sat down with Kuwaiti author Saoud al-Sanousi to chat about his well-received novel Bamboo Stalk. This is the second part of a two-part interview:

By Andrew Leber

Winner of the International Prize for

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