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[16 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 140 views]
An excerpt from Mostafa Khalifa’s “The shell” featured in Asymptote

Mental writing is a technique developed by the Islamists. One of them would memorize more than ten thousand names, names of prisoners who had entered the desert prison, names of their families, the cities and villages they came from, dates they were arrested, their sentences, their fates…

When I decided to keep these diaries, I tried to train my mind. I transformed it into a cassette tape, on which I recorded everything I saw, and some of what I heard. Now, I am playing back some of what that tape contains.

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[14 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 119 views]
The Boston Globe on Wannous’ “Rituals”, produced in Beirut last December

“He thought his plays would transform Arab society, and all his life he was disappointed that they did not,” said Robert Myers, the playwright and AUB professor who cotranslated “Rituals.”

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[8 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 173 views]
The IPAF 2014’s long list is out!

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (also known as Arab Man Booker) has announced its long list yesterday, Tuesday January 7th. The long list can be found below, and details on each book are on the IPAF‘s website.