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- Celebrating ADONIS
- Arabic writers in Sweden
- Guest Literature: SLOVENIA
• Banipal 41 – Celebrating Adonis opens with poems by Libyan poet Ashur Etwebi and continues with fiction from four talented novelists, Rabee Jaber and Alexandra Chreiteh, both from Lebanon, Ali Bader from Iraq and Amir Tag Elsir from Sudan, all reflecting current trends in the Arabic novel.
• The issue's first feature, Arabic Writers in Sweden, presents works of authors who emigrated or escaped from, or had to flee Syria and Iraq and eventually settled in Sweden over the last two decades – from Syria Salim Barakat, Faraj Bayrakdar, Manhal Alsarraj, Mohammad Afif al-Hussaini and Sabri Youssef, and from Iraq Jalil Haydar, Nassif al-Nasseri and Farouq Salloum. We also include the young Swedish-Tunisian writer Jonas Hassen Khemiri who writes in Swedish.
• To mark the eightieth birthday last year of the great internationally renowned Syrian poet Adonis, is the feature Celebrating Adonis with testimonies by some of the world’s most eminent literary figures, including V.S. Naipaul, Joachim Sartorius, Roger Allen and Yang Lian, the authors and critics Abdo Wazen, Hassouna Mosbahi and Hassan Najmi, plus an essay on his works in English translation by poet Stephen Watts, and an excerpt from Adonis’s latest poem 'A Concerto for Jerusalem', translated by Libyan American poet Khaled Mattawa.
• Developing intercultural dialogue is Banipal’s mission and Banipal 41 starts a new regular Guest Literature feature. The first guest is contemporary Slovenian literature – Mojca Pišek and Gabriela Babnik introduce a selection of powerful contemporary voices that give a taste of the rich literature being written in Slovenia today – poets Primož Cucnik, Veronika Dintinjana, Katja Perat, Uroš Zupan and Jure Jacob, and fiction writers Gabriela Babni, Polona Glavan, Feri Lainscek, Vesna Lemaic, Dušan Šarotar and Jani Virk.