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Banipal 50's feature on Prison Writing is timely and thought-provoking. We are proud that the 50th issue of Banipal is celebrated with thought-provoking testimonies and texts by some of the most renowned and respected of Arab authors from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Palestine and Syria, authors who have never stopped defending the right to free expression, tolerance and social justice. Their struggles continue today, and are ever more needed, ever more vindicated in this strange world we live in, where religious fundamentalists and bigots of all persuasions are in ascendance, dictatorships and unelected bureaucracies are still in control, and whistleblowers defending basic human rights are on the run.
Banipal’s work over the last 17 years has been to be witness to the living literary scene in the Arab world, commissioning translations of newly published works to bring to the Anglophone world the richness and variety ever present in today’s Arab literary landscape.
This massive work of 50 issues has been produced by a small, dedicated team, backed by a brilliant army of translators, consulting and contributing editors, reviewers . . . and of course, all the authors. We salute them all.
Cover painting by the New York based Iraqi painter Ahmed Alsoudani
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"I thoroughly enjoyed Issue #49 - what a wonderful collection of stories you gathered, and the snippets of the IPAF shortlisted books were an additional treat." – Elisabeth Jaquette
A Cornucopia of Short Stories presents a rich collection of a traditional art – stories by 21 authors in a range of styles from all generations of short story writers – from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Jordan; from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia; and from Yemen, Oman and Kuwait. From pioneers Zakaria Tamer, Mahmoud Shukair, Ibrahim Aslan, Said al-Kafrawi and Ahmed Bouzfour, to relative newcomers Jokha al-Harth, Ahmed Saadawi, Huzama Habayeb, Basma El-Khatib, Ibrahim Farghali and Nasrin Trabulsi.
PLUS – A Travelling Tale from Moscow by Kamal Ayadi
• AND Poetry from Arabic, German & English: Kadhim Jihad Hassan from Iraq, Fouad El-Auwad from Syria and Mona Kareem from Kuwait
• AND 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction – Excerpts from the 6 shortlisted novels
• Guest Literature: British poet, editor and translator Stephen Watts
Cover painting by Iraqi painter Ahmed Alsoudani
Banipal 48 presents enthralling voices from Marrakech, city of narration, “kingdom of the improbable, one where reality is creatively rewritten”, as Juan Goytisolo describes the city in his introduction to Marrakech: Open Secrets, the first text of the feature. The poets and authors from Marrakech include Yassin Adnan and Saad Sarhan, the authors of Marrakech, Open Secrets, translated especially for this issue; the painter novelist Mahi Binebine, with his new novel The Lord will reward you; Abu Youssef Taha; Rajae Benchemsi; Mohamed Nedali with his debut novel Prime Cuts: An Apprentice Butcher’s Life & Loves; Anis Arafai and Taha Adnan. Banipal 48 also includes works by two Moroccan poets – Mubarak Wassat and Karima Nadir.
Plus Literary Influences by Mansoura Ez-Eldin and an excerpt from Ezzat El-Kamhawi's award-winning novel The House of the Wolf. Also, two Iraqi novelists – Duna Ghali, settled in Denmark and writing in Arabic, and Pius Alibek from Barcelona, writing in Catalan.
Fiction from Kuwait presents a selection of contemporary literature from the novels and short stories of 17 Kuwaiti authors. It spans the generations of literary voices, from the 1960s and the writings of Sulaiman al-Shatti, Ismail Fahd Ismail and Suleiman al-Khalifi, to works by Fatima Yousif al-Ali, Laila al-Othman, Waleed al-Rajeeb, Taleb Alrefai, Thuraya al-Baqsami and Fawziya Shuwaish al-Salem, and then to those of young authors Bothayna al-Essa, Saud al-Sanousi, Yousef Khalifa, Basima al-Enezi, Ali Hussain al-Felkawi, Hameady Hamood and Mona al-Shammari. Almost the entire issue is devoted to the vibrant fiction literary scene in Kuwait today, with background articles on the development of both the short story and the novel.
The book reviews include reviews of works by two winners of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction: Saudi Arabian author Abdo Khal’s winning novel Throwing Sparks, and The Mehlis Report by Lebanese novelist Rabee Jaber (his winning novel The Druze of Belgrade has yet to be translated).
Photo-reports of literary achievements complete the issue – the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards, the Abu Dhabi and Casablanca International Book Fairs, the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction award ceremony, and the Shubbak Festival of Contemporary Arab Culture in London.
Banipal 46 – 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, most of the poets appearing in Banipal for the first time – Taha Adnan, Fadhil al-Azzawi, Salah Faik, Hussein Habasch, Musa Hawamdeh, Heind R. Ibrahim, Hassab al-Sheikh Ja’far, Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Khaled Mattawa, Philip Metres, Dunya Mikhail, Khaled Najar, Amjad Nasser and Mohamed al-Harthy.
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 Qater Foundation Publishing and Yale 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.
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Banipal 45 – Writers from Palestine completes 15 years of continuous publication. Fadhil al-Azzawi writes of how Banipal is a “cultural necessity”, how it “reflects the real achievements in the contemporary literature of Arab authors”, and how it does more than publish literary translations – “In fact, it discovers new voices, highlights great forgotten talents, and presents those who have been marginalized for this or that reason”.
Adonis salutes the magazine’s 15 years, saying that “Banipal has been realizing a unique and twofold project within the sphere of cultural productions of the Arab world”.
45 – Writers from Palestine is a doubly special issue, celebrating 15 years and new Palestinian literature. Introducing the feature's 23
authors, Anton Shammas writes of the “very special amalgam of young
Palestinian voices, whose writing offers a new and refreshing literary map of
that forsaken country, and whose almost unprecedented collective presence
realizes a long over due literary dream” and opens up “the English gates for some new waves, some
new and young and uncompromising voices from all regions of Palestine”.
Read more . . .
Banipal 44 – 12 Women Writers is a feast of fiction for summer 2012. Huzama Habayeb (Palestine), Leila Aboulela (Sudan), Lina Hawyan al-Hassan and Maha Hassan (Syria), Hawra al-Nadawi (Iraq), Huda al-Jahouri (Oman(, Rachida el-Charni (Tunisia), Latifa Labsir and Hanane Derkaoui (Morocco), Fadhila el Farouk (Algeria), Renée Hayek (Lebanon) and Mansour Ez Eldin (Egypt) all write eloquently and forcefully on human issues such as loss, identity, personal awakening, family relations, migration, exile, being black in the Arab world, prejudice, dealing with prison and discrimination, travel and local customs.
Banipal 44 also features works by two Iraqi authors, novelist poet Fadhil al-Azzawi and author and journalist Hussain al-Mozany, also the Timbuktu-born novelist Omar al-Ansari and the talented young Saudi author Mohammed Hasan Alwan, while in Literary Influences, Habib Selmi tells the engrossing tale of how he became a writer in a house of no books.
Banipal 44 inaugurates a new Guest Writer occasional feature, the first being the American poet Marilyn Hacker who, in February 2012, was awarded the Argana International Poetry Prize by the House of Poetry in Morocco.
Banipal 43 – Celebrating Denys Johnson-Davies
Guest Literature: KOREA
Banipal 43 salutes the doyen of Arabic-English translation, Denys Johnson-Davies. Since his first translation in the 1940s, he has introduced an impressive list of classics of contemporary Arabic literature, prose as well as poetry. His lifelong work has been instrumental in placing modern Arabic literature on the international scene. Fellow translators, authors and publishers write about the breadth and depth of his contribution to Arabic literary translation.
Banipal 43 brims with a cornucopia of fiction and poetry from across the Arab world, with fiction from Morocco (Hassan Najmi), Libya (Saleh Snoussi), Lebanon (.Jad El Hage) and Egypt (Nael El Toukhy), and poems by Saadi Youssef (Iraq), Maram al-Massri (Syria), and Youssef Rakha (Egypt). The issue opens with Kuwaiti poet Saadiah Mufarreh, followed by Tunisian author Khaled Najar, who embarks on a literary journey through Alexandria’s history. In an in-depth interview renowned Egyptian author Sonallah Ibrahim talks about his writing, his long career – and the future of Egypt.
With the winner of the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction announced on 27 March, Banipal 43 publishes excerpts from each of the six shortlisted novels – a collaboration between Banipal and the Emirates Foundation.
Our Guest Literature in this issue is from Korea: four fiction writers and four poets bring readers some of the best of today’s Korean poetry and novellas over 111 pages (in print and at www.banipal.co.uk/selections), guest-edited by Kim Jaeyong.
Banipal 42 focuses on the literature being written now the
United Arab Emirates. As readers begin
their journey into the works of 27 writers, three introductory essays open up
the background to the short story, the development of modern poetry and the
state of the novel in the UAE today. Among the stories that stand out are Abdul
Hamid Ahmed’s Kuya’s Little Things about an Indian worker’s struggle to provide
for his far-away family, the excerpt from Sara al-Jarwan’s novel Letters to my
Lord the Sultan, spelling out the complexities of life in a family of one man
with four wives and Adel Khozam’s reflections, Music, in stanzas echoing the musical
It proved impossible to keep the feature within its designated limits and so, instead of pulling some works out we decided to continue them online – and miss nothing. Go to Selections to read the rest of the feature.
Banipal’s Guest Literature feature this issue comes from Germany: eight great authors at the top of their fields. And this issue sees the return to the popular feature Literary Influences. Prize-winning Saudi Arabian author Raja Alem recounts her passion for reading as a child and the world authors she read.
Banipal 41 opens with poems from the best-known Libyan poet Ashur Etwebi, and continues with fiction from four talented authors from, Lebanon, Iraq and Sudan. There is a feature on Arabic Writers in Sweden, from authors from Syria and Iraq who have settled there over the last two decades. The special feature Celebrating Adonis marks the poet's eightieth birthday last year and includes a translation of his latest poem with testimonies from V.S.Naipaul, Joachim Sartorius, Roger Allen, Yang Lian, and more.
This issue takes an important step forward in developing intercultural dialogue by introducing a new regular feature of a Guest Literature. Banipal presents readers with our first guest – contemporary Slovenian literature – with thanks to the EMUNI Foundation and the EMUNI University of Slovenia. Plus book reviews, photo report of Ramsey Nasr's enthralling reading and conversation at the World Literature Weekend on 18 June, and another new feature Last Page.
Banipal publishes its fortieth issue in Spring 2011, showcasing Libyan literature at the very moment of uprising and change in the Arab world, especially in Libya.
With 135 pages of terrific reading from both Libya’s foremost and emerging fiction writers – introduced by Omar Abulqasim Alkikli on The Libyan Short Story and Ibrahim Ahmidan on The Libyan Novel – the feature presents a wide range of works by 17 authors from inside and outside Libya, as well as a profile of the pioneer literary figure Ali Mustafa al-Musrati.
also includes works by award-winnning authors from Morocco, Oman and Lebanon,
respectively Abdelkarim Jouiti, Jokha al-Harthi, Abdo Wazen, plus an in-depth
interview with Lebanese novelist Alawiya Sobh.
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• Banipal 39 – Modern Tunisian Literature features over 150 pages of poetry and fiction by Tunisian authors, plus an introduction to the country’s literary pioneers with profiles, and book reviews
• Banipal 39 – Modern Tunisian Literature includes newly translated works of the foremost poet in the Arab world, Adonis. Also fiction from Fadhil al-Azzawi and Mekkawi Said, and poetry by Omar Sabbagh
Tribute to the late Taher Wattar 1936-2010
and to critic Farouk Abdel-Kader 1938-2010
PLUS Book Reviews: Albert Cossery – The Jokers, Habib Selmi – The Scents of Marie-Claire, Mahmoud Darwish – Journal of an Ordinary Grief, Inaam Kachachi – The American Granddaughter, Hédi Kaddour – Treason, Mohamed Mansi Qandil – Moon over Samarqand and Hayan Charara’s Arab American poetry anthology, Inclined to Speak
Banipal 38 presents over 150 pages of works by North American authors of Arab origin – voices for the 21st century, putting their stamp on multi-heritage, embracing head-on apparent cultural conundrums, voices both irreverent and responsible, deconstructing and satirising the ironies of prejudice.
Banipal 38 also celebrates the flourishing modernist poetry movement in the United Arab Emirates, with works by four of the most important voices on the UAE poetry scene, Ahmed Rashid Thani, Nujoom Al-Ghanem, Khalid Albudoor and Khulood Al Mu’alla, the latter three visiting the UK in July for the first-ever Emirati poetry readings at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and at the London Literature Festival.
PLUS two of the most talented young Arab authors today:
• Youssef Rakha from Cairo takes readers on a trip to the Rafah border with Gaza
• Hassan Abdulrazzak, author of the successful play Baghdad Wedding, with a hilariously intriguing monologue about the Israeli Wall.
PLUS 27 pages of
book reviews and a six-page photo-report of the recent RAWI conference
Read more . . .
IRAQI AUTHORS: Banipal’s first issue of 2010 celebrates authors from Iraq with over half its 224 pages devoted to fiction and poetry by writers from different generations, some spread across the world, but many writing from within the country. We celebrate, in particular, a new generation who are free to write the story of Iraq we’ve been waiting to hear, however hard. Banipal is indebted to all the translators and copy-editors who made the issue possible.
• Nazum al-Obeidi • Nassif Falak • Hussain al-Mozany • Lutfiya al-Dulaimi • Luay Hamza Abbas • Diya al-Jubaily • literary pioneer, the late Mahdi Issa al-Saqr • PLUS works by eleven poets . . .
PLUS • the powerful fiction of Yemeni author Ali Mohammed Zayd, Egyptian novelists Mohamed al-Bisatie and Ezzat el-Kamhawi • also Flemish author Rachida Lamrabet Epic • and an epic poem by Algerian poet Habib Tengour
Banipal 36 – Literature in Yemen today presents a rich selection of novel
short stories and poetry from 17 of today’s Yemeni authors, most of
whose work has never before been translated into English.
Many are well-known in Yemen and the Arab world, and some are now regularly invited to European festivals; they include: Huda Ablan, who is currently the secretary-general of the Union of Yemeni writers, the controversial Ali al-Muqri, whose first novel Taste Black . . . Smell Black (excerpted) was published in 2008 to high acclaim, Wajdi al-Ahdal, the winner of numerous Yemeni literary prizes, also, the poet and literary critic Abdel Aziz al-Maqalih, whose modernist voice and pioneering efforts have made the cultural movements in Yemen what they are today.
Also included in the issue are Nadia Alkowkobani, Shawqi Shafiq, Bassam Shamseldin, Habib Abdulrab Sarori, Samir Albufattah, Yasser Abdel Baqi, Ahmad Zein, Fathi Abul Nasr, Mohammad al-Shaibani, Mohammad al-Qaood, Sawsan al-Areeqi and Nabila al-Zubair.
PLUS more . . .
Writing in Dutch presents ten talented authors who live in the Netherlands and Belgium and write in Dutch, and whose origins are in Morocco, Palestine and Iraq. All ten, explains our guest editor Victor Schiferli in his introduction, are making important contributions, their "new and energetic voices" having enriched and broken "the mould of Dutch literature, taking up themes that had never before been explored". The authors include Ramsey Nasr, the new Poet Laureate of The Netherlands.
Cover: Photograph taken by Samuel Shimon
The theme of the first issue this year is The World of Arab Fiction, presenting fiction from Egypt and Iraq, from Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine and Syria, and from Saudi Arabia, in pages redesigned and resized in book format...(read more)
Cover photograph of Mahmoud Darwish by Arts Alliance Productions
This issue opens with a major 70-page feature on the life and legacy of Mahmoud Darwish. It includes articles, tributes, poems and many photographs of the great Palestinian and world poet, who passed away on Saturday 9 August following complications after major heart surgery in Houston, Texas, at the age of 67...(read more)
Cover Artist: Zena Assi
Banipal 32, Summer 2008, introduces a number of new voices for the first time in English. There is the young Egyptian author, Mohamed Salah al-Azab, who is 27 with already several literary awards to his name. The excerpt from his novel [Repeated Stopping] is an urban story of a young man not in control of his life, who easily falls for an older attractive woman, but must be with his father on his death-bed from lung cancer...(Read more)
Cover artist: Mehdi Qotbi
This issue pays tribute to publisher Suhail Idriss, founder of Al-Adab publishing house, and to pioneer Iraqi author Fuad al-Takarli. A new departure for Banipal is a dialogue from The Visitor, an enthralling, and fast-moving playscript by Lebanese poet, translator and author Paul Chaoul...(read more)
Banipal 30 – Celebrating Ten Years
Cover artist: Jaber Alwan
Banipal celebrates ten years of publishing – of translating and showcasing hundreds of authors who have never had their works published in English before, presenting newly emerging writers as well as those well-established in the Arab world and beyond ones...(read more)
Cover artist: Ahmed Moualla
Banipal 29 is packed with Summer reading, excerpts of novels, features and photo-reports. We pay tribute to the late Iraqi poet Nazik al-Malaika who revolutionised modern Arabic poetry, and to Moroccan author Driss Chraïbi. The issue opens with an excerpt from Hassan Daoud’s novel Year of the Revolutionary New Bread-Making Machine, due out in October, his second in English translation...(read more)
Cover artist: Adel El Siwi
Every issue now we seem to be saying farewell to a well-known Arab literary figure. We open sadly with a tribute to Mai Ghoussoub, the London-based Lebanese co-founder of Saqi Books, writer and artist, who died so suddenly in February. We dedicate our major feature on Lebanese poetry to her memory...(Read more)
Cover artist: Nabil Abu Hamad
Farewell, Naguib Mahfouz! The issue opens with tributes to the “writer of the world”, the late Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, by Banipal’s editor and contributing editors Roger Allen and Peter Clark. Further on in the issue, the well-known Iraqi author Jalil al-Qaisi is remembered by Fadhil al-Azzawi...(read more)
Cover artist: Sattar Kawoosh
This issue was designed especialy for Summer reading and includes much thought-provoking and captivating fiction. There's a short story by Jamal Mahjoub, an excerpt “Earthquake Nightmare” from a novel by Tunisian author Hassan Nasr which,...(read more)
Cover artist: Mai Refky
100-page feature of works by Egypt's new generation of cosmopolitan young writers who use their pens to debunk the heroic self, the totalitarian idea of the nation and the single voice...(read more)
Cover artist: Mohamed Melehi
Includes excerpts from novels by Hanan al-Shaykh and Vénus Khoury-Ghata plus an extract from The World of Saddam Hussein and from Samar Yazbek. There are short stories by Ahmed Bouzfour, the late Samir Naqqash, and Ali al-Kasimi, and others by Huzamah Habayeb, Haifa Bitar, Jamila Omairah, Aroussia Naluti and Salwa al-Neimi...(read more)
Cover artist: Dima Hajjar
Opening authors are Palestinians Ala Hlehel and Mahmoud Darwish. There are two major features – on Omani poet Saif al-Rahbi and on the late Syrian poet Saniya Salih. Two powerful figures from North Africa, both writing in French, are Abdellatif Laâbi from Morocco and Abdelwahab Meddeb from Tunisia...(read more)
Cover artist: Sadradeen
Includes excerpts from novels by Najwa Barakat, Ali al-Domaini, Baha Eddine Taoud and Aziz Chouaki, poems by established poets Abbas Beydhoun, Ibrahim Nasrallah, Salah Hassan, Nazih Abu Afash, Inaya Jaber and Rasha Omran and from Palestinian-Americans writing in English Lisa Suher Majaj and Fady Joudeh...(read more)
Cover artist: Azzawi
c. Fiction of Gamal el-Ghitani, Mahmood Abdel Wahab, Jalil al-Qaisi and others. LITERARY INFLUENCES file is by Lebanese poet Abbas Beydhoun – The Stranger, The Outsider and the Foreigner
Cover artist: Feryel
Includes a 13-page interview with poet Saadi Youssef, a 57-page feature on the novel in Saudi Arabia with eight authors, including Abdul Khal, Turki al-Hamad and Ghazi Algosaibi (profile). Plus fiction from Mahmoud Shukair and four other authors. Poetry from Mohammed Al-Harthi and two others...(read more)
Cover artist: Youssef Abdelké
New size 245 x 170mm - 160 pages illustrated. Tributes to the late Abdelrahman Munif and Mohamed Choukri. Part 3 of series (49 pages) on Iraqi literature with 11 authors. Profile and poems of Mohammed Bennis. And other works by 7 poets and 6 fiction-writers. New series on LITERARY INFLUENCES: Hassouna Mosbahi writes on James Joyce in Tunisia.
Cover artist: Kareem Risan
Includes Farewells to Edward Said and Wilfred Thesiger. Part Two of series (47 pages) on Iraqi literature with 22 authors. 11-page feature on novelist Habib Selmi. Poems by Khaled Mattawa, Nouri al-Jarrah and four others. Profile of novelist Hassan Nasr by Hartmut Fähndrich
Cover artist: Kadhim al-Khalifa
Includes Part One of 3-part series on contemporary Iraqi authors with 27 authors (50-pages); 12-page feature on author Rabee Jaber. Plus work by novelist Alawiyya Subuh, introduced by Nirvana Tanoukhi. Profile of poet Qassim Haddad
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Cover Artists: Vladimir Tamari, Samira Badran
Special 131-page feature on contemporary Palestinian literature with 54 authors – poems, fiction, reviews, profiles. PLUS Poems from Abd al-Aziz al-Maqalih, Saadi Youssef and others.
Cover artist: Faisal Laibi Sahi
Banipal 14 includes a 27-page feature on Iraqi fiction with 6 authors, including Mohammad Khodayyi, Mahdi Issa al-Saqr and Fuad al-Takarli. Also a 17-page feature, with interview, on Syrian Kurdish novelist-poet Salim Barakat. Plus fiction from five other authors including Rafik Schami and Miral al-Tahawy, and poems by Paul Chaoul.
Includes special 56-page feature on contemporary Jordanian literature as Amman celebrates being the UNESCO Arab Capital of Culture in 2002, with 33 authors. PLUS 12-page feature, with interview, on the renowned Egyptian novelist Gamal el-Ghitani. Plus works of poets Mohammad al-Maghut and Abbas Beydhoun, fiction-writer Yasmine Khlat, and poet-author Abdul Kader el-Janabi.
Cover artist: Saad Ali
A4 – 80 pages illustrated. Interview with novelist and critic Elias
Khoury. Tribute to Mohammed Zefzaf (1945-2001) and works. Works by poets Sargon Boulus, Saadi Youssef, Mohammed Bennis, Fadhil al-Azzawi, Inaya Jaber, Ghassan Zaqtan, Kadhim Jihad, Mouayed al-Rawi and Mohja Kahf. Works by Bensalim Himmich, Rashad Abu Shawar, Samuel Shimon, Mohammed Mustagab and Issa J Boullata. Plus Book Reviews and Events.
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Cover artist: Patricia Millns
22-page feature, with appreciations and profiles on Moroccan poet Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine. Interviews with author Tayeb Salih and poet Abbas Beydhoun. Poems by Adonis, Etel Adnan and 11 others. Works by Abduallah Laroui, introduced by Kamal Abdellatif, and novelist Halim Barakat introduced by Bassam Frangieh.
Cover artist: Mahi Binebine
A4 – 80 pages illustrated. Feature on one of Morocco’s best-known short story writer Mohammed Zefzaf, with introduction by Saadi Youssef. An annual fiction prize in his honour is awarded by the Assilah Festival. Interview with pioneer literary translator Denys Johnson-Davies. Lebanese fiction author Hoda Barakat is introduced by Anton Shammas. Plus works by Hani al-Raheb, introduced by Bassam Frangieh, and works by Said al-Kafrawi, introduced by Ferial Ghazoul. Also works by 7 poets and 8 fiction-writers, plus essay by critic and journalist Mohammad Ali Farhat.
Cover artist: Afifa Aleiby
22-page feature on novelist, poet and essayist Tahar Ben Jelloun from Morocco. Feature on works by Ten Iraqi Poets. Works by 6 poets and 10 fiction writers including appreciations. Article by Mahmoud Darwish on Translating Poetry.
Cover artist: Rachid Koraichi
A4 – 88 pages. Feature on poet Saadi YousseF. Feature on contemporary Algerian literature (44-pages) introduced by Algerian author Wacini Laradg. Testimony and Short Stories by Mahmoud Shukair. Works by 7 other poets and works by 5 fiction-writers. Tribute to the late Syrian novelist Hani al-Raheb.
Cover artist: Kamal Boullata
A4 – 88 pages illustrated
Feature on Jordanian novelist Ghalib Halasa. Interviews with Edward al-Kharrat and Rachid al-Daif. Poems by Fadhil al-Azzawi and 7 other poets. Fiction by Zakariyya Tamer, Salim Barakat and 7 other authors. Plus Tribute to the late Abdul Wahab al-Bayati.
Cover artist: Kacimi
A4 – 96 pages illustrated. Major 41-page feature on contemporary Moroccan literature with 20 authors, including interview with Mohamed Choukri. PLUS poems by Ounsi el Hage, Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, Nizar Qabbani, Sargon Boulus and four other poets. Works by 5 fiction-writers. interview with Ghazi Algosaibi.
Cover artist: Marwan
A4 – 96 pages illustrated. Includes feature on poet Mahmoud Darwish with poems, interviews and appreciations, interviews with and works of novelists Albert Cossery and Yusef Habshi al-Ashqar. Interview with novelist-playwright Ahmed al-Fagih. Plus works by 11 poets, six fiction-writers and articles on the Arabic Novel.
Cover artist: Azzawi
A4 – 80 pages illustrated. Interviews with novelist Abdelrahman Munif, film-maker Costa Gavras and poet Amjad Nasser, plus works by poet-novelist Anton Shammas and 11 other poets, 10 fiction writers, plus reviews.
Cover artist: Ali Fenjan
A4 – 80 pages illustrated. Interviews with poet Adonis and poet-painter Etel Adnan. Works by Saadi Youssef and 8 other poets, 9 fiction writers, a tribute to the late Nizar Qabbani, reports on the Quartet and Garnet publishing houses, and on Iraqi exile writing. Front cover painting created especially for Banipal by Ali Fenjan.
Cover artist: Youssef Abdelké
A4 – 80 pages illustrated. Banipal's first issue includes major interview with Iraqi poet Sargon Boulus, plus works by renowned poet Adonis and 11 other poets, 9 fiction writers. Reports on Al-Kamel and Al-Saqi publishing houses, and a tribute to the late Syrian playwright Sa’adallah Wannus. Front cover painting created especially for the magazine launch by Youssef Abdelké.
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2014 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize for German goes to Eleanor Collins[read more]
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