Banipal 65 - The Beautiful Creatures of Fadhil Al-Azzawi (Summer 2019)

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Banipal 65 – The Beautiful Creatures of Fadhil Al-Azzawi
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Cover Photograph:  Samuel Shimon



Samer Abu Hawwash: “The man who came out of himself”, translated by Raphael Cohen


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Bothayna Al-Essa: "Lost in Mecca", a chapter from Maps of the Labyrinth (also called Maps of Wandering), translated and introduced by Nancy Roberts

Lutf Al-Sarary: "Please Do Not Bomb and other stories", translated by Samira Kawar.

Fatena Alghorra: Three Poems, translated by Jonathan Wright

Wajdi Al-Ahdal: “Who raped Jalila?”, a chapter from the novel Land of Happy Conspiracies, translated and introduced by William M Hutchins

Ahmad Al-Qarmalawi: A chapter from the novel Summer Rains, winner of the 2018 Sheikh Zayed Book Award, translated by Sophia Vasalou

Ahmed El-Madini: Two short stories – “The Hunchback of Rabat“and “The Day the Angel descended on Paris”, translated by Mbarek Sryfi



A special feature on the Iraqi poet and writer Fadhil al-Azzawi

Farouk Yousif: A Unique Iraqi Icon

Fadhil al-Azzawi: Excerpts from the novel Fadhil al-Azzawi’s Beautiful Creatures, translated by the author with thanks to Hannah Somerville

Khaled Mattawa: A Force of Nature

Fadhil al-Azzawi: The Poet in Exile – poems from his new collection Many Caravans have Passed By, translated by Raphael Cohen

Stefan Weidner: Dance of Death in Kirkuk

William M Hutchins: Fursa Sa‘ida!

Fadhil al-Azzawi: “A Communiqué from Satan to the Inhabitants of Planet Earth”, from the novel The Forefathers, translated by William M Hutchins

Saif Al-Rahbi: His Literature and his Silence

Fadhil al-Azzawi: My Experience with Writing

Fadhil al-Azzawi: About my first book Fadhil al-Azzawi’s Beautiful Creatures

Fadhil Thamir: Towards a New Modernism



Wajdi Al-Ahdal: “My spark to write came from an unexpected source”



Bassam Frangieh: Issa J Boullata: A Passionate Scholar from Jerusalem



Susannah Tarbush: Praise for the Women of the Family by Mahmoud Shukair

Stephanie Petit: Death is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa

Hannah Somerville: All That I Want to Forget by Bothayna Al-Essa



Songs of Mihyar the Damascene by Adonis

The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye

Poems of a Palestinian Boyhood by Reja-e Busailah

Printed in Beirut by Jabbour Douaihy

The Law of Inheritance by Yasser Abdellatif

When All Else Fails by Rayyan Al-Shawaf

The Clothesline Swing by Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Folktales of Palestine by Farah Aboubakr

My Nakba: A Palestinian’s Odyssey of Love and Hope by Samir Toubassy



Abu Dhabi: 2019 Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners

London: 2019 Man Booker International Prize winner


The translators of the issue are:  Adil Babikir, Raphael Cohen, William M Hutchins, Samira Kawar, Ben Koerber, Suneela Mubayi, Nancy Roberts, Mbarek Sryfi, Sophia Vasalou and Jonathan Wright.

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