“The most open, daring, democratic and attentive magazine of modern Arabic literature” – Anton Shammas
Banipal 46 – 80 New Poems is the current issue
Back to its usual 224 pages, 80 New Poems takes the pulse of new poetry with works by 14 poets who reflect the diversity and dynamism in Arab life and society today – Taha Adnan, Fadhil al-Azzawi, Salah Faik, Hussein Habasch, Mohamed al-Harthy. Musa Hawamdeh, Heind R. Ibrahim, Hassab al-Sheikh Ja’far, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Khaled Mattawa, Philip Metres, Dunya Mikhail, Khaled Najar and Amjad Nasser.
The issue opens with the debut novel of Amjad Nasser, Land of No Rain, and is followed by an excerpt from the first English translation of Faris al-Shidyaq’s 1855 novel Leg over Leg – both texts being published in full later this year, by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing and New York University Press respectively.
Lorand Gaspar, who lived and worked in Jerusalem and Tunis for many years and is one of France’s most important contemporary poets, is the issue’s Guest Writer.
Banipal 46 also includes a special section of excerpts from the six shortlisted novels of the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction by Saud Alsanousi, Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Sinan Antoon, Jana Fawaz Elhassan, IBrahim Issa and Hussein al-Wad.
PLUS a searing memoir, The Day the Olive Harvest was Stopped, by Palestinian writer Mohammad Khashan.
For full details of contents and links to contributors’ pages, go to current issue page
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