A New Translation of El-Abnoudi’s ‘Writing,’ A Poem the Bard Considered Among His Best

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):
Two years after the death of beloved Egyptian poet Abdel-Rahman El-Abnoudi — who passed away on April 21, 2015 — translator, author, and editor Mona Anis brings us a fresh English version of his “Writing”: Anis, a long-time deputy editor-in chief and literary editor at Al-Ahram Weekly, interviewed El-Abnoudi back in 2008. During their…

Opening Today, Kuwait’s Growing Litfest Headines Randa Jarrar, Sinan Antoon

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):
Today, the American University in Kuwait opens its bigger-and-better Biennial LitFest, one of a series of literary initiatives coming out of Kuwait: These new initiatives, which include the new Almultaqa Prize for the Arabic short story, come at a time when Kuwaiti writers are strenuously pushing back against…

A Short Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s ‘Hamlet and his Problems’

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:
A summary of an influential essay ‘Hamlet and his Problems’ is one of T. S. Eliot’s most important and influential essays. It was first published in 1919. In ‘Hamlet and his Problems’, Eliot makes the bold claim that Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, far from being a triumph, is an artistic failure.…

Hisham Matar, Adonis Big Winners at 2017 PEN America Literary Awards

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):
PEN America’s 2017 awards were announced last night in a ceremony Publishers Weekly called “scaled up” and “political,” and which PEN said they imagined as a “celebration of literature on par with awards shows for other art forms”: Photo courtesy PEN America. The headlining first-ever PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, worth $75,000, went to…