Banipal 24 - Autumn 2005

THE TRAVELLING TALE is an extract from Mohamed al-Makhzangi’s Memories of a Meltdown. THE INTERVIEW WITH AN EDITOR is with Stefan Weidner of the Goethe Institute’s Fikrun wa Fann magazine. Reviews include Mouloud Feraoun’s The Poor Man’s Son, The Yacoubian Building, A Wall Between Two Darknesses, Abdullah’s Secrets, The Land Border and Damascus: Taste of a City. Full details of the Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation (HL to Prize Page on Trust site), the first prize specifically for Arabic literary translation into English, are given in this issue.


Cover artist: Mohamed Melehi

EDITORIAL – Announcing the Banipal Translation Prize
Hanan al-Shaykh Excerpt from her novel
Hikayati Sharhun Yatool [My Story is Too Long to Tell]
Ahmed Bouzfour A short story The Ostrich Hunter
Saadi Youssef A poem New Orleans
Mahdi Haydar Excerpt from The World of Saddam Hussein
Aroussia Naluti A short story “You taught me to love life, Father”
Lukman Derky A poem O Syria
Fadhil al-Azzawi A poem Unsuccessful Film

Samar Yazbek Excerpt from Salsal [Clay]

Salwa al-Neimi A short story The Siesta
Majid Addam From the poem On the Street, I repeat “Good Night”
Vénus Khoury-Ghata Excerpt from A House at the Edge of Tears
Ali al-Kasimi A short story Circles of Sorrow
Monzer Masri Three Poems
Huzamah Habayeb A short story One Afternoon
Akl Awit Three Poems
Haifa Bitar A short story My Name is Alaa
Samir Naqqash A short story Tantal
Jessica Bloom on Samir Naqqash Language, Dialects and Identity
Jamila Omairah A short story Wild Mint
Joumana Haddad A poem The Return of Lilith
Shaker Laibi Six Poems
Rachida Madani A poem from Tales from a Severed Head

Mohamed Makhzangi Excerpt from Memories of a Meltdown

Stefan Weidner, of Art & Thought

James Kirkup The Poor Man’s Son by Mouloud Feraoun
Eleanor Kilroy The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
Hussain al-Mozany [A Wall Between Two Darknesses] by Balqis
Sharara & Rifat Chadirji; [Abdullah’s Secrets] by Habib Selmi
[The Land Border] by Maysalun Hadi;
Margaret Obank Damascus: Taste of a City
by Marie Fadel as told to Rafik Schami

Eleanor Kilroy The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool: A Syrian Journey by Marius Kociejowski

The Banipal Translation Prize for Arabic Literary Translation: Rules and Conditions

Paris: Celebrating 10 Years of Kitab fi Jareeda

Marrakesh: International Festival of Arts and Literature

Assilah: International Cultural Festival

Banipal No. 24