Review of THE PHILOSOPHY OF DESERT METAPHORES IN IBRAHIM AL-KONI


Just over two years ago I read The Bleeding of the Stone by the Libyan writer Ibrahim al-Koni. I do admit that I read a translation for I do not read nor understand Arabic. And Arabic is the language al-Koni (1948) uses in his writing, eventhough only at the age of 12 did he start learning … Continue reading Review of THE PHILOSOPHY OF DESERT METAPHORES IN IBRAHIM AL-KONI

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

Dankesrede von Hisham Matar


It was not an easy thing to stage resistance against the Nazi regime in Germany. But two siblings did make an attempt, brother and sister Scholl with Die Weisse Rose. Their efforts ended in death. About 25 years ago a literary prize was established carrying their names. This years winner is Hisham Matar, for the … Continue reading Dankesrede von Hisham Matar

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

Libyan writers in danger following attacks on 2017 collection, ‘Sun on Closed Windows’


The political in the North African country Libya is not very good. There is no central authority in the country since the demise of the writer of the little green book. Other writers have entered the state of disarray since militia have taken over different parts of the country. In this article you will find … Continue reading Libyan writers in danger following attacks on 2017 collection, ‘Sun on Closed Windows’

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