International literature is hugely underrated, while English books are often overrated


The title of this article is an interesting one. Many readers are familiar with books written by British and North American writers. But what about books in Hungarian or Japanese or Arabic or Swahili or isiZulu? Do writers who use English as their first language in writing have an advantage? Hisham Matar talks about this … Continue reading International literature is hugely underrated, while English books are often overrated

In Conversation with Hisham Matar


The followers of this blog who live in Washington (The United States of America) will have the opportunity to meet the writer Hisham Matar who will talk about his latest book, concerning the disappearance of his father, a Libyan. The meeting will be moderated by the British writer Aminatta Forna, she will have a moderating … Continue reading In Conversation with Hisham Matar

If I wake up at an early hour


What is your idea about the work of a writer? Not the product at the end of a long process, but his day to day work. Will the writer wake up early and sit at the desk, after a frugal breakfast? Will the writer reach his goal of two thousand words a day? Or 50 … Continue reading If I wake up at an early hour

libya’s reluctant spokesman


Lybia is a hard place. A history of difficult policies and politicians. A history of silencing dissent. A history of a leader who tried to be leading Africa by dibursing money and his brand of islam. I once drove past the mosque in Lampala (Uganda) that was financed by the man with the green book. … Continue reading libya’s reluctant spokesman