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[24 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 89 views]
Al Ahram English interviews Khalifa

“We should look to ourselves as part of the world, a lot of efforts should be made to make the Arabic novel able to compete with world literature, and this could happen through translation, world prizes and many other things.”

Khalifa has a belief that this will not occur through one person’s effort or success: “I’m telling you we will not make it as individuals, but as a culture.”

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[6 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 151 views]
Ibrahim Nasrallah comes back from Kilimandjaro: Read about this project in support of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

With You They Will Climb The Mountain – With Them You Will Reach The Summit

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[3 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 148 views]
Khaled Khalifa’s In praise of hatred, soon to be realsed in the USA at Thomas Dunne

On March 1, 2012, Fouad Ajami (USA) wrote a long analysis and review of Khalifa’s In praise of hatred for The New Republic.
Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and co-chairman of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order.
As the book is soon being published in the US, below are a few excerpts of Ajami’s review.

All this may sound fantastic, but Khalifa has no need of magical realism. He invents no extravagant flights of fancy. His novel is …

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[14 Jan 2014 | No Comment | 147 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 | 217 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.

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[20 Nov 2013 | No Comment | 176 views]
Guernica magazine draws a portrait of Khaled Khalifa

Khaled always entered first and greeted the customers sitting at tables near the door. He bent down, kissed the men, flirted with the women, and strutted to where Nabil, Qasabji’s owner, had cleaned a spot for us. He ordered either a glass of arak or the local Damascene beer, Barada, pulled a cigarette from his pack, lit it, and added to the purplish haze of smoke.