Banipal 47 - Fiction from Kuwait (2013)


- Samuel Shimon


Mersel al-Ajami – A brief history of the short story in Kuwait
Taleb Alrefai
– An overview of the novel in Kuwait
The National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters
Adam Youssouf – Kuwait’s literary and scientific awards
The publishing industry in Kuwait
Bothayna al-EssaAn Unexpected Encounter in Uppsala, excerpts from a novel, translated by Charis Bredin
Ismail Fahd IsmailWhen the Frog Croaked, excerpts from a novel, translated by William M Hutchins
Yousef Khalifa – 18 Very Short Stories, translated by Agnes Reeve
Laila al-Othman
– Two Short Stories, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai and Sally Gomaa
Ali Hussain al-FelkawiTraveller of the World, excerpts from a novel, translated by Thomas Aplin
Waleed al-Rajeeb – Three Short Stories, translated by John Peate
Mona al-ShammariBlack Khol . . . White Heart, a short story translated by Sophia Vasalou
Taleb Alrefai
Welcome to the Abu Ajaj Construction Company, excerpt from a novel, translated by Mona Zaki
Thuraya al-Baqsami Moscow Days, excerpts from a novel, translated by Maxwell Martin
Hooda Shawa An Elephant in the City, a short story translated by Robin Moger, with original illustrations by Faisal Laibi Sahi
Hameady Hamood Refugee, a short story translated by William M Hutchins
Fatima Yousif al-Ali
Return from a “Honeymoon”, a short story translated by William M Hutchins
Sulaiman al-ShattiA Voice from the Dark, a short story translated by Layla al-Maleh
Fawziya Shuwaish al-SalemA Night of Creation and Emission, chapter from a novel, translated by Ghenwa Hayek
Basima al-Enezi Black Shoes on a Sidewalk, excerpts from the novel, translated by Sally Gomaa
Suleiman al-KhalifiLove at First Call, a short story, translated by Layla al-Maleh
Saud al-Sanousi
– an excerpt from the novel Prisoner of Mirrors, translated by Sophia Vasalou


Andrew C Long Throwing Sparks by Abdo Khal
Mona Zaki The Mehlis Report by Rabee Jaber
Paul Starkey ‘That Smell’ and ‘Notes from Prison’ by Sonallah Ibrahim
Susannah Tarbush Earth Weeps, Saturn Laughs by Abdulaziz Al Farsi
Margaret Obank Divorce Islamic Style by Amara Lakhous
Stephen Watts Poems for the Millennium (Volume 4): The University of California Book of North African Literature edited by Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour
Margaret Obank Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee: Date Desserts from Everywhere by Sarah Al-Hama


Return of the Spirit: A Novel by Tawfiq al-Hakim
Between Two Rivers
by Dorothy Al-Khafaji
by Riad NourallahKalila and Dimna: Fables of Conflict and Intrigue (vol.2) retold by Ramsey Wood
Alone Together
by Mishka Mojabber Mourani and Aida Yacoub Haddad
Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus
edited by Layla Al-Zubaidi and Matthew Cassel,
Seeking Palestin: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home
edited by Penny Johnson and Rajah Shehadeh,
In the House Un-American by Benjamin Hollander,
A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East
compiled by Dilip Hiro,
Pastoral in Palestine
by Neil Hertz,
Renaissance Emir: A Druze Warlord at the Court of the Medici
by T.J Gordon,
A Month by the Sea: Encounters in Gaza
by Dervla Murphy,
Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World by Rex Brynen, Pete W. Moore, Bassel F. Salloukh and Marie-Joelle Zahar,
The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey
by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt.


• Sheikh Zayed Book Awards, Abu Dhabi

• Casablanca International Book Fair & International Argana Poetry Prize

• Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, April 2013

• International Prize for Arabic Fiction Award Ceremony 2013, Abu Dhabi

• Shubbak Festival of Contemporary Arabic Culture, London

The translators in Banipal 47 are:
Ruth Ahmedzai, Thomas Aplin, Charis Bredin, Sally Gomaa, Ghenwa Hayek, William M. Hutchins, Layla al-Maleh, Maxwell Martin, Robin Moger, John Peate, Agnes Reeve, Sophia Vasalou, Mona Zaki.

The writers and book reviewers are:
Mersel al-Ajami, Taleb Alrefai, Charis Bredin, Andrew C. Long, Margaret Obank, Agnes Reeve, Susannah Tarbush, Stephen Watts, Adam Youssouf, Mona Zaki.

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This issue of Banipal, Fiction from Kuwait, has been supported by Al-Multaqa al-Thaqafi in Kuwait (the Cultural Circle)

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