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Spotlight The 2018 Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

“Judging the 2018 Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize was a most enriching experience. It reminded me that literature can be a force for good – no bad thing! We need to be shocked out of a comfortable […]

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Interview Ghassan Fergiani, Darf Publishers

Ghassan Fergiani, tell us a bit about yourself. Are (were) your parents great readers? My father was a teacher, a bookseller and a publisher. He was a reader. I grew up around books in our […]

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Interview Youssef Rakha, author

The Book of the Sultan’s Seal: Strange Incidents from History in the City of Mars by Youssef Rakha translated by Paul Starkey was awarded the 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. Tell […]

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The Book of the Sultan’s Seal, Youssef Rakha Review

Youssef Rakha explores a man’s “transformation during twenty-one days from a Europeanized intellectual to a semi-madman who believed he could perform magic deeds to resurrect the Islamic caliphate” is a very readable feast — taking […]

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Michel Moushabeck, Interlink Books Interview

Michel Moushabeck, the founder of Interlink Books, is also an editor, writer and musician of Palestinian descent. He has authored several books including Kilimanjaro: A Photographic Journey to the Roof of Africa and A Brief […]