Literature

“We only find good literature from crisis”

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“We only find good literature from crisis”

Sarah Irving interviews influential Syrian writer Nihad Sirees about the developing situation in his native country and the implications the civil war may have on Syrian literature.

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Iraq’s missed opportunity?

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Iraq’s missed opportunity?

A recent posthumous memoir by the son of prominent Iraqi politician Mohammed Hadid leaves many questions unanswered about the viability and sustainability of Iraq's alleged "democratic moment", says Charles Tripp.

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A city for all ages

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A city for all ages

The multiplicity, contradictions and nuances of Cairo have been beautifully captured through the words of the city's writers, from the Fatimid period to present day. The Literary Atlas of Cairo brings together these diverse strands in a comprehensive and multi-faceted portrayal of this timeless metropolis.

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An Arab in Ben Gurion airport

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An Arab in Ben Gurion airport

Should Palestinian writers write about subjects other than Palestine? Does doing so somehow serve to naturalise and accomodate the ongoing occupation? An evening of poetry in London pushes Anna Birawi to ask such questions, and to come to some unsettling conclusions.

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An unsparing depiction of the human condition

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An unsparing depiction of the human condition

Hassan Blasim's latest short story collection, The Iraqi Christ, offers a searing indictment of human suffering and savagery, shot through with flashes of beauty and hope, says Sarah Irving.

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