Cultural Elite Fear the Worst in the ‘New Egypt’
M. LYNX-QUALEY: At the unveiling of Egypt’s most prestigious cultural awards there was a pervasive feeling of fear at what’s to come
So Then, Farewell Cairo: Let My Exile Begin
M. LYNX-QUALEY: It’s time to bid a sad adieu to my adopted home town. I hope to be back, though, soon.
Syrian Revolution Diairies: My Most Difficult Read
M. LYNX-QUALEY: It’s a harrowing experience that feels immediate and real because the events are still ongoing.
Beaten But Unbowed: Syrian Author Writes On
M. LYNX-QUALEY: His hand was broken by thugs last week but celebrated novelist Khaled Khalifa continues his work
Tunisian Writers Launch Campaign Against Censors
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Censorship is developing many tentacles in Tunisia today but writers are refusing to take attacks lying down
Banned: A Day In The Life of a Kuwaiti Censor
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Kuwait always features highly in lists of press freedom in the Arab world but it keeps a tight rein on literature
‘Poetry of the Taliban’: Worth All The Fuss?
M. LYNX-QUALEY: The editors surely anticipated – and welcomed – the storm that has erupted around publication of their collection
Do Books Matter in Contemporary Cairo?
M. LYNX-QUALEY: It may be Cairo’s oldest book market but heritage is no protector from increasing development
Hamlet: Is He The Arab World’s True Hero?
HUSSEIN OMAR, ARABLIT: Nasser had a ‘Caesar Complex’ but for Egyptians and many other Arabs there’s only one Shakespearean hero.
Vending Machines for Books: A Good Idea?
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Drinks, gold, now it’s books – Abu Dhabi seems to find endless uses for the vending machine
‘There’s No Room For Poets, Unless They’re Dead’
FARIS ADNON, ARABLIT: The narrative form has overwhelmed poetry in the Arab world, so I’ve given up on poetry.
Pure Theatre: The Drama Of The Press Conference
MAURICE CHAMMAH, ARABLIT: It’s a performance which has protagonists and an audience. Too often though the drama is not reflected in the finished article
‘Cairo, My City, Our Revolution’: Leader in ’18 Day’ Genre
M. LYNX-QUALEY: There’s a new genre in Arabic literature and not surprisingly Ahdaf Soueif is showing the way.
Laughter and Anger: In the Court of Al Aswany
M. LYNX-QUALEY: He is arguably Egypt’s leading public intellectual and every week he holds public salons whose numbers have swelled hugely over the past year.
“Your Guns,Tanks and Missiles Are Killing My People”
M. LYNX-QUALEY: An impassioned open letter from one of Syria’s leading authors calls on Russia, China and Iran to stop supporting ‘genocide’.
Goodbye Ibrahim Aslan: Daily Debris Was His Inspiration
M. LYNX-QUALEY: He wrote about everyday lives filled with frustration and dead-ends but leavened by laughter. Farewell, Ibrahim, we’ll miss you
Best Arabic Books of 2011: A Personal Choice
M. LYNX-QUALEY: It’s been a momentous year in politics in the Arab World but how has literature measured up? Herewith 2011 ‘s highlights.
A Force for Freedom, Mohamed Hashem
M.LYNX-QUALEY: At a press conference today, award-winning author Mohamed Hashem was the target of accusations by the SCAF’s General Adel Emara.
Bahrain: 3 Cartoonists, Sum Bigger than Parts?
M.LYNX-QUALEY: Neufeld wasn’t in Bahrain during the protests, but he cartoons about it nevertheless through the lens of two cartoonists who were.