Letter To My People In The Village Of Bab Al Shams

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The Gate Of The Sun

Elias Khoury’s novel The Gate of the Sun has proved a profound inspiration to his readers in Palestine . . . We, the sons and daughters of Palestine from all throughout the land, announce the establishment of Bab Al Shams Village (Gate of the Sun). We the people, without permits from the occupation, without permission from anyone, sit here today because this is our land and it is our right to inhabit …

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Elias Khoury Longlisted

Elias Khoury’s latest novel Sinalkul (which can apparently be spelt a million different ways in the Roman alphabet) has been longlisted for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. A shortlist of six books will be announced next Wednesday in Tunis; the winner is to be announced at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi in late April. Intriguingly, the prize’s website notes that “whilst the Arab Spring did feature heavily across …

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Elias Khoury Interview

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UNESCO-Sharjah Prize To Elias Khoury

Lebanese author Elias Khoury was been honoured with the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize, which recognises those who have done most to promote Arabic culture throughout the world. Brazilian publisher João Baptista de Medeiros Vargens was also a recipient this year. The prize’s international jury acclaimed Khoury as a man and a writer who: Has witnessed and spread internationally the testimony of human suffering. His struggle and literary production created the image of a free …

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Who Is Conspiring Against Syria?

This has come to our attention via the eagle eyes on the LRB blog: a translation by  Ziad Abu-Rish on the Jadaliyya website of an article by Khoury originally published in al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper. Khoury challenges the conspiracy theories peddled by the Syrian regime with ‘the facts that produced the beginnings of the Syrian popular revolution’. Read it here.

The Economist on Elias Khoury

Fantastic review from The Economist magazine of Elias Khoury’s sublime As Though She Were Sleeping: ELIAS KHOURY’S As Though She Were Sleeping follows Meelya, a young Lebanese woman, as she dreams her way into marriage with Mansour. It drifts between her home of Beirut and Nazareth, as Meelya remembers her childhood and imagines her future. Newly married she wanders the streets of Nazareth ceaselessly, “becoming a line in a large …

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Return of the Mac (Once Again)

In 2011 MacLehose Press are releasing six titles by authors who are publishing their second novel with us. Translated from French, Spanish, Arabic and Dutch, two have won Independent Foreign Fiction Prizes while all have been extremely well received by reviewers. In November of last year we previewed the first three: The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy, The Goldsmith’s Secret by Elia Barceló and Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe …

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