Our tears will not dry
THEY murdered a flower
but not her fragrance
nor her colours
Ataol Behramo?lu, one of the leading Turkish poets and political critics, had an anthology of his poems translated into Italian for the first time. In an interview with Babelmed, Behramo?lu says poetry is “the common language of humanity” and can help bring people from different countries together.
Mashallah News, in collaboration with the designers from AMI, published in March 2014 a book about Beirut, mixing narration and photography. Beirut Re-Collected, or in French Beyrouth, chroniques et détours, was published by Tamyras, the Lebanese publishing house.
First of all, do not be overwhelmed by this encyclopedia of 1200 pages, because while on the one hand this “history of relations between Jews and Muslims, from its origins to the present day” constitutes a colossal-sum, on the other hand it is a tumultuous journey of knowledge. Interview with Benjamin Stora, co- director of the work.
Professor at the University of Montreal, linguist, philosopher, anthropologist, Alexis Nouss been exploring the notions of multiculturalism and interculturalism in art for several years. He is the author of several books and reference articles on the subject. Its design is that of a multiculturalism respecting differences in a collective project.
The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival was held from the 30th of August to the 1st of September. Entitled “Dieta kontra l-Kri?i” (Crisis Fare), this year’s edition focused on the economic and social crisis with an allusion to the easy discourse about the Mediterranean diet. Babelmed is publishing a series of interviews that the TV guide of the Times of Malta held with some of the festival’s participants coming from different Euro-Mediterranean countries questioning mainly the role of a writer in a crisis.
The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival was held from the 30th of August to the 1st of September. This year’s edition focused on the economic and social crisis. Series of interviews held by Stanley Borg for the Times of Malta with some of the festival’s participants coming from different Euro-Mediterranean countries.
Greek short story and screenwriter Kallia Papadaki speaks to Teodor Reljic, journalist at the Malta Today about literature and the recession. She was invited to the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival– which focused on the effects of the economic recession.
Well before the Syrian uprising, Samar Yazbek was challenging the existing taboos of Syrian society in her novels. Since the early days of the revolution, she was involved in the pro-revolutionary movements on the ground, despite the daily threats she was submitted to. Mashallah News met with her in Paris where she currently lives in exile.
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.
The earth shook as a giant’s feet trampled the peaceful city, destroying it utterly, till it vanished into the depths of the earth. Thousands living in this city had fallen victim to the disaster, while others had managed to escape by fleeing, terror-stricken, in all directions.
Albert Gatt interviews novelist and journalist R. Y. Kassab on the occasion of his guest appearance at the 6th edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival. He talks about freedom, writing, and the demise of grand narratives
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