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The Revitalising Force of Compassion
Adrian Grima   

The Revitalising Force of Compassion | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterraneanMaltese poet Adrian Grima talks to acclaimed British Palestinian writer Selma Dabbagh who participated at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival last September 2012.

 
Contemporary Palestinian Literature – a new generation?
Contemporary Palestinian Literature – a new generation? | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterranean“From several texts written by contemporary Palestinian writers that I have read, I would say that it a literature of suffocation and the literature of the last breath that never ends.” Adania Shibli
 
Loads of Language I
Loads of Language I | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterraneanIn Korea, Palestinian writer Adania Shibli is out of language. Here is the first part of her linguistic diary of a Palestinian in Seoul.
 
Tomorrow will be worse, Amira Hass
Tomorrow will be worse,  Amira Hass | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterraneanAmira Hass’ gaze is penetrating, both tired and decisive. Behind her small round glasses, her eyes move rapidly looking anxiously for information and images that can help her to reply to the question in the most concise way possible. You get the impression that here, in this Conference room in Rome, she is behaving exactly as she does everyday, going out of her house in Ramallah, the Administrative Capital of Palestine.
 
In Ramallah, Running Guy Mannes-Abbott
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In Ramallah, Running Guy Mannes-Abbott | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterranean

In Ramallah, Running, writer, essayist and critic Guy Mannes-Abbott represents his unique encounter with Palestine. The book features interweaving short, condensed texts with longer, exploratory essays. International artists and prominent writers have responded to the texts with newly commissioned works.

 

 
Libraries in Palestine
 
Mahmoud Darwish: the poet of our ambivalence
Mahmoud Darwish: the poet of our ambivalence  | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterraneanFor over twenty years I have avoided writing about him; that was my way to thwart my perplexity about him and the ambivalence of my relation to the experience of his poetry which I loved, hated, and respected.
 
Haifa: to return or not to return
Haifa: to return or not to return | babelmed | literature - poesy - books - mediterraneanIn an article in Al Akhbar, Lebanese journalist Pierre Abi Saab was stating that if the Rolling Stones had refused to play a concert in Israel as a result of the Palestinian campaign for a cultural boycott of the country, then Mahmoud Darwish shouldn’t go to Haifa. Why did Ghassan Kanafani write 35 years ago "Returning to Haifa", and now we write “Don’t return to Haifa”?