Banipal 66 - Travels (Autumn/Winter 2019)

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Cover Photograph:  Abdelkader Benali




Yasmeen Hanoosh: The Land of Accursed Bounties, Stories from The World of Iraqi Plants, translated by Jonathan Wright

Abbas Beydoun: An excerpt from the novel Autumn of Innocence, translated by Jonathan Wright

Abdel Aziz Jassim: Three Poems, translated by Anton Shammas and Khaled Al-Masri

Ahmad Abdulatif: A chapter from the novel Elias, translated by Robin Moger

Samer Abu Hawwash: “That isn’t the way to make pizza” and other poems, translated by Raphael Cohen



Five tales of travel

Farouk Yousif: A Poet in New York, translated by Chip Rossetti

Hassouna Mosbahi: Escape to Andalusia, translated by William M Hutchins

Abdelkader Benali: To Tangier with Emmanuel, translated from the Dutch by Suzanne Heukensfeldt Jansen

Monir Almajid: A Syrian Japanophile, translated by Samira Kawar

Said Khatibi: Sarajevo, translated by Paul Starkey



A feature on the Jordanian author

Kafa Al-Zou‘bi
Literary Influences: The Bag of Wheat, translated by Nancy Roberts

Kafa Al-Zou‘bi: The First Night, a chapter from the novel Cold White Sun, translated by Adam Talib

Fadia Faqir reviews Shams Baidha’ Baridah (Cold White Sun)



Linda France

Profile and Four Poems



Hassan Abdulrazzak: Sentence to Hope: A Sa’dallah Wannous Reader

Susannah Tarbush: The Fetishists: The Tuareg Epic by Ibrahim al-Koni

Stephanie Petit: Printed in Beirut by Jabbour Douaihy

Hannah Somerville: The Clothesline Swing by Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Becky Harrison: The Book of Collateral Damage by Sinan Antoon

Clare Roberts: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Shadi Rohana: Palestine +100, edited by Basma Ghalayini




The Quarter by Naguib Mahfouz

The Old Woman and the River by Ismail Fahd Ismail

A Map of Absence: An Anthology of Palestinian Writing on the Nakba, edited by Atef Alshaer

The Book of Disappearance by Ibtisam Azem

The Sea Cloak and Other Stories by Nayrouz Qarmout


Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology, translated & introduced by Adil Babikir

Incomprehensible Lesson by Fawzi Karim

Bitter English by Ahmad Almallah

Baghdad, Adieu, Selected Poems of Memory and Exile by Salah Al Hamdani

The Trace of a Smile by Mbarek Sryfi


The translators of the issue are: Raphael Cohen, William M Hutchins, Suzanne Heukensfeldt Jansen, Samira Kawar, Khaled Al-Masri, Robin Moger, Nancy Roberts, Anton Shammas, Mbarek Sryfi, Paul Starkey, Adam Talib, and Jonathan Wright.

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