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Spotlight Read the World with MacLehose Press 5 Notable Writers

Read the World with MacLehose Press which specialises in the very best translated literary and crime fiction. If words can offer new worlds, you will find them in the pages of the books by the […]

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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

BB Archive G de Chamberet interviews Tahar Ben Jelloun for BANIPAL

Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun, winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Prix Goncourt among many awards, and short-listed for the Nobel Prize in Literature, talks to Georgia de Chamberet about writing […]

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Interview

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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Fiction

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 […]