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On Translation: Shadi Rohana on the Joys and Disasters of Spanish-Arabic Translation

Shadi Rohana spoke at this year’s Palestine International Book Fair, which ran from May 7-17. He continued the discussion with Budour Hassan and Nora Lester Murad:

By Nora Lester Murad

Shadi Rohana with Budour Hassan.

On May 15, Nakba Day, Shadi Rohana, a Mexico-based

It’s Pub Day: 5 Reasons to Read Basma Abdel Aziz’s Terrifying, Hopeful, Dystopic Fantasy ‘The Queue’

It’s publication day for Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue, translated into fluid, persuasive English by Elisabeth Jaquette, and published by Melville House Press:

5) This book will be on prize longlists next year. You can already find it mentioned by readers at


According to Pratap Reddy, “It was all the new and unexpected challenges I had to face as an immigrant which both stimulated and inspired me to write these stories.  The publication of the book is truly a dream come true, however clichéd it may sound. I’m happy and excited

Kareem James Abu-Zeid on ‘Literary’ vs. ‘Academic’ Translation

Way back in March, Kareem James Abu-Zeid was in D.C. for the Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here festival. At that time, he spoke with Epicenter about Mutanabbi (the tenth-century poet of poets) and about the art of translation:

This is not academia.

Kareem James Abu-Zeid is one

Day of Blogging for Ahmed Naji: His Reading Recommendations

From noon on Monday, May 16 through noon on Tuesday, May 17, the world will host a “Day of Blogging for Ahmed Naji.” This comes on the same day he receives his PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, in absentia, in NYC:

Naji has been in jail since February 20 on charges of

Yesterday Was Pub Day for Raja Alem’s ‘The Dove’s Necklace’: Read an Excerpt

Raja Alem’s The Dove’s Necklace — in English translation by Katharine Halls and Adam Talib — celebrated its publication day yesterday:

In 2011, The Dove’s Necklace was co-winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), taking

Book review - Kunal Nayyars Yes My Accent Is Real
Let me admit this - the book has been on the stands for over 6 months now. I bought it too right on time. However, the cover (rather dull and a tad way too sober), the title (which just went on and on without hinting much about what it wanted to convey) and sheer laziness of going through the

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