Banipal 54 - ECHOES (Autumn/Winter 2015)

Banipal 54 title
ECHOES is the title of Banipal 54


Ibtisam Azem: Excerpts from her novel Sifr al-ikhtifa’a (The Book of Disappearance), translated by Sinan Antoon
Emad Fouad: Thirteen Poems, translated by Camilo Gómez-Rivas
Noura Mohammad Faraj: Fiery Curses, a short story translated by William M Hutchins
Amin Zaoui: An excerpt from his novel The Last Jew of Tamentit, translated by André Naffis-Sahely
Badriya al-Bishr: “Love is not a Crime”, two excerpts from her novel Love Stories from al-A’sha Street, translated by Sally Gomaa
Jalil Haydar: Stanzas from the long poem The Lion of Babylon, translated by Allison Blecker
Ismail Ghazali: A Short Story "The Japanese Garden", translated by Sophia Vasalou
Mohamed Berrada: A chapter from his novel Far from Clamour, Close to Silence, translated by Mbarek Sryfi

Playwright and Director Extraordinaire

Jawad al-Assadi 

Excerpts from Jawad al-Assadi's theatrical autobiography Theatre of Bitter Illumination, translated by Basil Samara
the first full English translation of the play Baghdadi Bathhouse, translated by Hassan Abdulrazzak

An essay by Hussain al-Mozany: Mother, Mother Tongue and Fatherland, translated by William M Hutchins

A Travelling Tale by Mohammed al-Asfar: Going back to Bonn, translated by Julia Ihnatowicz

Guest Literature from the Berlin International Literature Festival

The Future of Cities

Rawi Hage: The Wave
Perihan Mağden: Fairground Cities in the 2030s, or the Continual Flight from Loneliness, translated from the Turkish by Denzil Erol
Roddy Doyle: Dublin 2030
Boualem Sansal: 2030, The City of the Future, translated from the French by Frank Wynne

Saluting Gamal El-Ghitani (1945–2015)

Gamal el-Ghitani

To read the tribute from Banipal 54 by Paul Starkey, click here


Susannah Tarbush: My Torturess by Bensalem Himmich
Laura Ferreri: Who’s afraid of Meryl Streep by Rashid Al-Daif
Georgia de Chamberet: The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
Salah Niazi: The Sultan’s Sex Potions: Arab Aphrodisiacs in the Middle Ages by Nasir al-Din al-Tusi
Zahia Smail Salhi: We Are Imazighen: The Development of an Algerian Berber Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture by Fazia Aïtel
Paul Starkey: Hurma by Ali al-Muqri
Aurora Tellenbach: Under the Tripoli Sky by Kamal Ben Hameda
Susannah Tarbush: The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela

Farewell, Mouayed al-Rawi (1939–2015)

Celebrating Zakaria Tamer in London

An Evening with Zakaria Tamer at Waterstones' Piccadilly

Fleur Montanaro: The blacksmith’s hammer
Mohamed-Salah Omri: Zakaria Tamer’s addictiveness
Annamaria Bianco: Forging a new genre

The translators are:

Hassan AbdulrazzakSinan Antoon, Allison Blecker, Deniz Erol, Camilo Gómez-Rivas, Julia Ihnatowicz, André Naffis-Sahely, William M Hutchins, Basil Samara, Sophia Vasalou, Frank Wynne.

For information about all contributors to Banipal's issues – authors, writers, translators – check out their individual webpage at


We thank the Berlin International Literature Festival and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for their kind support for this issue.

International Prize for Arabic Fiction   Berlin International Literature Festival 2015  

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