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A Literary Power That Could Totally Subdue a Monster

One of the major streams of disagreement during the 2015 Shubbak Festival, which ran last weekend, was what writing can (and can’t) do:

The comix panel. Photo credit: Shubbak Festival.

Libyan-British graphic novelist Asia Alfasi was perhaps the most vocal in the

Literary Communication and the Visa Problem

Even Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury — an author and scholar of international standing and the anchor of Shubbak’s literary events — took time out of his compelling Sunday-evening discussion with Marina Warner to discuss his problems getting a visa to come to the

Zakaria Tamer, Practicing ‘The Most Difficult Form of Literary Expression’

Banipal 53, with its focus on Syrian short-story Zakaria Tamer, is perhaps the strongest edition the magazine has yet issued:

It includes more than a dozen stories by Tamer, most in deft translation by Jonathan Wright, Ibrahim Muhawi, Roger Allen, and others; an extensive Q&A session

From Diyarbikkir to Lalish: Walking in the Footsteps of Armenian Genocide

Iraqi novelist Layla Qasrany traveled to Turkey to commemorate the Armenian genocide and visit sites that had appeared in her most recent novel. A side-trip into northern Iraq, where she visited a Yazidi shrine, brought depressing and hopeful news of ISIS:

By Layla Qasrany

Arabic Literature in Persian, Persian Literature in Arabic

Last week, Iranian journalist Farahmand Alipour (@FarahmandAlipur) had a fascinating interview with Farsi-Arabic translator Ghassan Hamdan:

Kalila w Dimna, a text that traveled from Persian to Arabic.

In a wide-ranging talk, the two addressed Hamdan’s personal history,

‘I Have Been Doing More Nonfiction Because I Feel There’s a Great Need for It’

This conversation — between writer Nada Adel Sobhi and translator-scholar Samah Selim — first appeared on the blog “Nadaness in Motion“:

Selim has authored The Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt, 1880-1985 (2004) and is

Roger Allen: I Am Subverting, Perhaps, the Best Intentions of the Author

The fifth session of “A Corpus Not a Canon: A Workshop on the Library of Arabic Literature,” a panel series hosted by Dame Marina Warner and LAL General Editor Philip Kennedy at All Souls College, Oxford in April, focused on “LAL’s remit, ambition, and

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