Banipal 41 - Celebrating Adonis (2011)

Cover photo of Adonis © Thomas Høegh  
from the forthcoming film "Adonis" – a cinematic poem about the Arab world's greatest contemporary poet.  Directed by Thomas Høegh ( and produced by Omar al-Qattan.

EDITORIAL – Samuel Shimon

Ashur Etwebi – Six Poems, translated by Khaled Mattawa
Rabee Jaber – Excerpt from the novel Druze of Belgrade: Hanna Yacoub’s Story, translated by Nancy Roberts      
Ali Bader – An excerpt from the novel The Tobacco Keeper, translated by Amira Nowaira
Alexandra Chreiteh  – An excerpt from the novel Always Coca Cola, translated by Michelle Hartman
Amir Tag Elsir  – Chapters from the novel The Larvae Hunter, translated by William M Hutchins


Salim Barakat – An excerpt from the novel Rampaging Geese, translated by Thomas Aplin
Manhal Alsarraj – An excerpt from the novel As the River Must, translated by Ghenwa Hayek
Faraj Bayrakdar – A Poem, translated by Camilo Gomez-Rivas
Jalil Haydar – Four Poems, translated by Allison Blecker
Mohammad  Afif al-Hussaini – Two Poems, translated by Robin Moger
Nassif al-Nassiri – Five Poems, translated by John Peate
Sabri Youssef  – A short story The Sweetness of Laughter, translated by Ghenwa Hayek
Farouq Salloum – Two poems, translated by John Peate
Jonas Hassen Khemiri Vanya Knows, a short story translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles
Johanna Sellman – on Jonas Hassen Khemiri


V.S. Naipaul – A Master of our Times
Adonis – from “Concerto for Jerusalem”, translated by Khaled Mattawa
Abdo Wazen – Adonis’s Concerto
Joachim Sartorius – Citizen of the world
Yang Lian – Poetry will save us
Roger Allen – A genuine modernity
Khaled Mattawa – On the road with Adonis
Hassouna Mosbahi – Between Goethe and Adonis
Hassan Najmi – Adonis the Lighthouse
Aziz Shaibani – Adonis in Texas
Stephen Watts – The Human is the Poetry of the Universe

In Banipal No 2, Adonis talks about the "many Easts in the Easts and the many Wests in the West". To read the full Banipal interview with Adonis, click here


Mojca Pišek – Introducing five Slovenian poets
Uroš Zupan – Two poems
Jure Jacob  – Two poems
Katja Perat – A poem
Primož Cucnik – Two poems    
Veronika Dintinjana – A poem

Gabriela Babnik – Six stories from society’s margins
Feri Lainscek – The Untouchables
Dušan Šarotar – Billards at Hotel Dobray
Jani Virk – A View of Tycho Brahe
Polona Glavan – The Unusual Identity of Nina B.
Vesna Lemaic – The Dumping Ground
Gabriela Babnik – In the Tall Grass


Mona Zaki: A Palace in the Old Village by Tahar Ben Jelloun
André Naffis-Sahely: Beer in the Snooker Club by Waguih Ghali
Susannah Tarbush: I Shall Not Hate by Isseldin Abuelaish
Olivia Snaije: Bye Bye Babylone by Lamia Ziadé
Mona Zaki: Spectres by Radwa Ashour
Norbert Hirshhorn: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

The Coffeehouse,  As Though She Were Sleeping, An Iraqi in Paris, Homeless Rats, Anatomy of A Disappearance, Zeina, Merzapamed: Prince of Dore, Montecore, Memoirs of a Dervish, The Rising of the Ashes, Arts and Politics/Politics and Art, Plague Lands and other poems, On the State of Egypt,  Tweets from Tahrir.
London: Ramsey Nasr at World Literature Weekend

Hamdy el-Gazzar –  Letter from Cairo

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

During 2011 Banipal is supporting the 
Cystic Fibrosis Trust with free promotion as our Charity of the Year

The translators in Banipal 41 from Arabic, Chinese and Swedish are:
Thomas Aplin, Allison Blecker, Issa J. Boullata, Camilo Gomez-Rivas, Michelle Hartman, Ghenwa Hayek, William M Hutchins, Khaled Mattawa, Robin Moger, Amira Nowaira, Wen-chin Ouyang, John Peate, Nancy Roberts, Ching-Jen Wang, Rachel Willson-Broyles

The translators from Slovenian are:
Špela Bibic, Gregor Timothy Ceh, Erica Johnson Debeljak, Veronika Dintinjana, Jasmin B. Frelih, Polona Glavan, Barbara Jurša, Ciaran O’Driscoll, Lili Potpara, Ana Pepelnik, Matthew Zapruder, Tamara M. Soban

The writers and book reviewers are:
Hamdy el-Gazzar, Norbert Hirschhorn, V.S. Naipaul, Khaled Mattawa, Hassouna Mosbahi, André Naffis-Sahely, Hassan Najmi, Joachim Sartorius, Johanna Sellman, Aziz Shaibani, Olivia Snaije, Susannah Tarbush, Stephen Watts, Abdo Wazen, Mona Zaki

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