BULAQ | بولاق

BULAQ | بولاق

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This episode features writing from and about Gaza, and explores the imperative to write, between hope and hopelessness, at a time when words both seem to count enormously and to not be enough.  Show NotesThis episode’s cover art is by Chema Peral @chema_peralLetter from Gaza by G ...  Show more

On Translating Arabic Literature with Robin Moger

We talk to Robin Moger about how he became a translator from Arabic and about what has changed in recent years in the field of Arabic literature and translation and what has stayed the same. Moger’s first book-length literary translation was Hamdi Abu Golayyel’s 2008 novel الفاعل ...  Show more

A Crime at the End of the Sahara

Said Khatibi’s detective novel نهاية الصحراء (End of the Sahara) is set in a remote desert city in Algeria in the Fall of 1988, when the country’s October Riots are about to break out place. The book is one of the winners of this year’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award. Khatibi explained ...  Show more

Remembering Hamdi Abu Golayyel

Egyptian novelist Hamdi Abu Golayyel died last month at the age of 56. In this episode, we remember Hamdi and his one-of-a-kind literary career, telling the story of Egypt’s laborers, Bedouin, and migrants.  Show Notes: Egyptian Novelist Hamdi Abu Golayyel Dies at 56: ‘There Was ...  Show more

Inside The World of Lebanese Comics with Rawand Issa

Comics artist Rawand Issa joins us to talk about her book Inside the Giant Fish (trans. Amy Chiniara, Maamoul Press); her path from journalism to graphic art; artist groups and collectives across the region; the “new school of Arab comics,” and the challenges of making a living a ...  Show more