Banipal 57 - Syria in the Heart (Autumn/Winter 2016)

Autumn/Winter 2016 issue is available as a book (ISBN 9780995636903)
as well as part of a digital .............. or a print subscription



Liana Badr: One Sky , a short story translated by Becki Maddock

Muhsin al-Ramli: Excerpt from the novel The President’s Gardens , translated by Luke Leafgren


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Dima Wannous: Excerpt from her novel The Frightened , translated by Julia Ihnatowicz

Rasha Omran: Poem – “The Woman Who Lived in the House Before Me”, translated by Jonathan Wright

Khaled Khalifa: Excerpt from his novel Death is Hard Work , translated by Leri Price

Hala Mohammad: Poem – “Lend me the window, stranger”, translated by Raphael Cohen

Maha Hassan: Excerpt from her novel Aleppo Metro, translated by Jonathan Wright

Fawaz Kaderi: Three Poems, translated by Raphael Cohen

Haitham Hussein: Excerpt from his novel Hostages of Memory, translated by Jona Fras

Rosa Yassin Hassan: Excerpts from the novel People Under a Spell, translated by William M Hutchins

Nada Menzalji: A Poem, translated by Valentina Viene

Nouri al-Jarrah: Poem “The Boat to Lesbos”, translated by Camilo Gomez-Rivas

Monir Almajid: Qamishlo, translated by John Peate

Mohamad Alaaedin Abdul Moula: Seventeen Poems, translated by Paul Starkey



Introduced by Carl de Stycker, Michiel Scharpé and Patrick Peeters

Kathleen Vereecken: Excerpt from the novel Hair, translated by Michele Hutchison

Bart Van der Straeten: Four Poems, translated by Astrid Alben

Roderik Six: Excerpt from the novel Fall, translated by Brian Doyle

Tom Van de Voorde: Eleven Poems, translated by Astrid Alben

Fikri El Azzouzi: Excerpt from the novel Drarrie in the Night, translated by Anna Asbury

Charlotte Van den Broeck: Five Poems, translated by Astrid Alben



Laura Ferreri: No Knives in the Kitchens of this City by Khaled Khalifa

Samira Kawar: The Dove’s Necklace by Raja Alem

Becki Maddock: The Longing of the Dervish by Hammour Ziada

Peter Clark: Sonallah Ibrahim, Rebel with a Pen by Paul Starkey

Paul Blezard: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar

Olivia Snaije: About My Mother by Tahar Ben Jelloun

Jonathan Wright: Iraqi Jewish Novelists by Khalida Hatim Alwan

Clare Roberts: The Ninety-Ninth Floor by Jana Fawaz El Hassan

Susannah Tarbush: Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political by Tarek El-Ariss

Emma Branagan: The Jasmine Sneeze by Nadine Kaadan

The translators are:

Astrid Alben, Anna Asbury, Raphael Cohen, Brian Doyle, Jona Fras, Camilo Gomez-Rivas, William M Hutchins, Michele Hutchison, Julia Ihnatowicz, Luke Leafgren, Becki Maddock, John Peate, Leri Price, Paul Starkey, Valentina Viene and Jonathan Wright.

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About the front cover painting:
Toufic Abdul-Al painting reproduced for Banipal 57 front coverThe painting is by Toufic Abdul-Al of a mother holding her children to her, which he created following the horrific Tel al-Zaatar massacre of 1976. Toufic Abdul-Al (1938–2002) is a major Palestinian artist, born in Acre, Palestine, but forced to leave for Lebanon in 1948, who painted, in oils and water colours, sculpted and drew all his life. We thank his son Tarek for kind permission to reproduce this wonderful painting, which is travelling across the decades.

This issue of Banipal is supported by

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