Banipal also presents poetry from Syria by three poets writing in three different languages: the late Mamdouh Adwan in Arabic, Mohja Kahf who writes in English, and Adel Karasholi who writes in German – all of them highly accomplished and published poets. Plus two new poetic voices, the young Egyptian poets Ahmad Yamani and Mohamed Metwalli. Interview with an Editor is with literary translator from Arabic to German Hartmut Fähndrich, this year celebrating his 50th translation of Arabic fiction.
In Banipal 32, sadly, we pay tribute to Doris Kilias, “the voice of Naguib Mahfouz in German”, who died in June 2008, and to the “Voltaire of the Nile” (as the French press called him) Egyptian author Albert Cossery, a friend of Banipal, who died in Paris, also in June.
In this issue we present Part 2 of the Feature on Syrian Literature, and look forward to continuing it in the Autumn/Winter issue with a number of equally important authors.
The Travelling Tale is a fascinating walk through Jerusalem observing its shuttered and barred windows, as told by Palestinian author and resident of the city Mahmoud Shukair.
Book Reviews include the prize-winning novel by Baha Taher [Sunset Oasis], Naomi Shihab-Nye’s Tender Spot collection of poetry, Banquet of Lies by Amin Zaoui and the selection in Books in Brief.
The cover artist is Zena Assi from Lebanon.
TRIBUTE to Albert Cossery 1913–2008
Mohamed Salah al-Azab – Excerpt from Repeated Stopping
Ahmad Ali El-Zein – Excerpt from The Edge of Oblivion
Abdulaziz Al Farsi – Excerpt from Weeping Earth . . . Laughing Saturn
May Menassa – Excerpt from Walking in the Dust
TRIBUTE to Doris Kilias 1942–2008
Ahmad Yamani – Two Poems
Mohamed Metwalli – Three Poems
FEATURE ON CONTEMPORARY SYRIAN LITERATURE – Part 2
Mamdouh Adwan – Four Poems
Haidar Haidar – A short story Pollen
Maher Sharafeddine – The Hand An excerpt from a novel
Mohja Kahf – A Poem for Hamsa Newmark’s Sixieth Birthday
Adel Karasholi – Twelve Poems
Haifa Bitar – A short story Love
Abdel Khaliq al-Rikabi – Excerpt from Seventh Day of Creation
A TRAVELLING TALE
Mahmoud Shukair – Windows of Jerusalem
Hartmut Fähndrich – Arab Literature is now on the map
Khaled Hroub Wahat al-Ghuroub [Sunset Oasis] by Baha Taher
Judith Kazantzis Tender Spot by Naomi Shibab Nye
Lulu Norman Banquet of Lies by Amin Zaoui
All these book reviews can be read online. Click here for full list of online book reviews, originally reviewed in Banipal issues
BOOKS IN BRIEF