Banipal 45 - Writers from Palestine
Published by Banipal Magazine
“The most open, daring, democratic and attentive magazine of modern Arabic literature” – Anton Shammas.
A bumper 256-page Banipal 45 – Writers from Palestine completes 15 years of the magazine’s continuous publication. Fadhil al-Azzawi writes in the editorial that Banipal is a “cultural necessity” and that it does more than publish literary translations – “In fact, it discovers new voices, highlights great forgotten talents, and presents those who have been marginalized for this or that reason”.
Banipal 45 – Writers from Palestine is a doubly special issue, celebrating 15 years and Palestine. Introducing the feature, Anton Shammas writes of the “very special amalgam of young Palestinian voices, whose writing offers a new and refreshing literary map" and opens up “the English gates for some new waves, some new and young and uncompromising voices from all regions of Palestine”. The feature includes chapters from novels, short stories, and poems by 23 authors – 13 fiction writers and 10 poets, and as Anton Shammas concludes: “Nothing now is above criticism, or safely positioned inside the national decorum... It’s writing on the move”. The authors are: Maya Abul Hayyat, Ala Hlehel, Ibtesam Azem, Eyad Barghuthy, Tamara Naser, Aliaa Saqqa, Raji Bathish, Isr’aa Kalash, Haneen Naamneh, Majed Atef, Ziad Khaddash, Einas Abdullah, Akram Musallam, Dalia Taha, Basem el-Nabres, Tarek al-Karmy, Marwan Makhoul, Mahmoud Abu Hashhash, Reem Ghanayem, Yousef el-Qedra, Asma’a Azaizeh and Muheeb Barghuty.
Banipal 45 presents new novels from Algeria, Syria, Lebanon: pre-publication excerpts from Algerian author Rashid Boudjedra’s The Barbary Figs and Syrian author Nihad Sirees's The Silence and the Roar, plus an excerpt from prize-winning Lebanese author Rabee Jaber's latest novel The Birds of Holiday Inn. Also included are works by Algerian authors Samir Kacimi and Samira Negrouche.
Guest Literature from Vietnam and Romania showcases fiction – The Field of the American Arm by Vietnamese author Ho Anh Thai and a chapter from Life Plans by Romanian poet and novelist Vasile Baghiu.
PLUS Major interview with Mohammad Bakri, the Palestinian director of the film Jenin, Jenin.