Banipal 73 - Fiction Past and Present (Spring 2022)


This issue is available as a paperback (ISBN 978-1-913043-33-9)

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Cover painting by Hanoos Hanoos; pictured here in his studio in Madrid

Hanoos Hanoos, An Art that sees into the Life of Things

by  Jaafar al-Aluni


Emile Habiby

Two Stories from Sextet of the Six-Day War

translated with Introduction by Graham Liddell


Fuad al-Takarli

Two short Stories

translated with Introduction by Zaid Alamiri


Mohamed Choukri

Three Short Stories

translated by Jonas Elbousty


Dima al-Choukr

Excerpts from the novel Ayna Ismi? (Where’s My Name?)
translated by Jonathan Wright 
Read the excerpts online here

Katia al-Tawil: Dima al-Choukr unearths an unknown writer from 19th-century Damascus

Emna Rmili

At the Safehouse

Excerpt from the novel Shatt al-Arwah (Beach of Souls)

translated by Karen McNeil and Miled Faiza

Waciny Laredj

reviews Shatt al-Arwah (Beach of Souls)
Death at the edge of the Beach of Souls
Read the review online here


Ammar Ali Hassan

The Void Hunter
, a short story

translated by Mona Elnamoury

Mohammed Alnaas

A Place Where Dogs Dare Not Roam, a short story

translated by Zeena Faulk


Ezzat el-Kamhawi

The Travellers’ Room

Excerpts from Ghurfat al-Musafireen, translated by Paul Starkey

Fayez Ghazi

reviews The Travellers’ Room: Moving to escape time   


The International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Excerpts from the Shortlist 2022

Cairo Maquette by Tareq Imam

Rose’s Diary by Reem al-Kamali

Dilshad by Bushra Khalfan

The Prisoner of the Portuguese by Mohsine Loukili

The White Line of Night by Khalid Al-Nassrallah

Bread on Uncle Milad’s Table by Mohammed Alnaas

----------   The Winner will be announced on 22 May 2022  ----------




Samira Kawar reviews The Girl With Braided Hair by Rasha Adly, translated by Sarah Enany
Read the review online here


The Winner of the 2021 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize



Joselyn Michelle Almeida reviews Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear by Mosab Abu Toha
Read the review online here

Stephanie Petit reviews Solitaire by Hassouna Mosbahi, translated by William Maynard Hutchins

Norah Alkharashi reviews Packaged Lives: Ten Stories and a Novella by Haifa Zangana, translated by Wen-chin Ouyang

Fayez Ghazi reviews Jarima lam Taktubha Agatha Cristie, (A Crime That Agatha Christie Didn’t Write) by Yousif Abu Al-Fawz
Read the review online here

Joselyn Michelle Almeida reviews A Song by the Aegean Sea by Mohamed Metwalli, translated by Gretchen McCullough and the author



Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Shortlists for 2022

Literature, Children's Literature, Young Author, Translation, Arabic Culture in Other Languages, Publishing and Technology.

The Award Ceremony will take place on 24 May 2022 in Abu Dhabi       



Nouri Al-Jarrah

at StAnza 2022 – reading poems from A Boat to Lesbos

Khaled Khalifa – the 2022 Fellow gives the Annual Lecture

The 2022 Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship Lecture



The translators of this issue are:

Joselyn Michelle Almeida, Zaid Alamiri, Raphael Cohen, Jonas Elbousty, Mona Elnamoury, Miled Faiza, Zeena Faulk, Sawad Hussain, Graham Liddell, Karen McNeil, Nancy Roberts, Chip Rossetti, Paul Starkey, Jonathan Wright


For information about all contributors – authors, translators, reviewers, editors – to this issue and others, go to

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Banipal No. 73