Arabic literature: what acquiring editors should know

This piece was commissioned and published by BookBrunch, Special issue for the Sharjah Book Fair, November 2014, and re-published by Publishers’ weekly.

In the spring of 2014, Ahmad Saadawi’s book Frankenstein in Baghdad was awarded the International Prize for Arab Fiction, also known as the Arab Booker. It is a novel of a kind quite different from the ones generally acclaimed by the public or by critics, and from those that have come to me for consideration in the past few years. Whatever its originality or flaws, its being awarded the IPAF could be the sign of an interesting change to come.
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On Jergovic’s ‘Chestnut castle’

Un palais en papier

«Dans le petit monde de la maison en noyer, le temps passait plus vite. Cinq minutes de jeu d’enfant s’écoulaient comme une journée, une demi-heure comme une année. Pour un an de chair et d’os, c’était tout un siècle en bois qui était déjà passé. Dans le monde en noyer, on vivait plus longtemps. Autant de siècles que durait l’enfance ». Continue reading