Banipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature
babelmed - 03/06/2011
Founded in 1998 Banipal is an independent literary magazine publishing contemporary authors and poets from all over the Arab world in English translation.
The 40th Issue of Banipal-Magazine of Arab Mordern Literature edited by Samuel Shimon, celebrates Libyan fiction. At this great period of change, uprisings and revolutions across the Arab world, this issue presents Libya’s foremost and emerging fiction writers, introduced by Omar Abulqasim Alkikli on The Libyan Short Story and Ibrahim Ahmidan on The Libyan Novel . The issue also presents a wide range of works by 17 authors from inside and outside Libya, as well as a profile of the pioneer literary figure Ali Mustafa al-Musrati, and other articles.
The short stories draw on life experiences, family tales, loss, emotions and fears, dreams, travelling, exploring different cultures, growing up, relations between the sexes. They include Omar el-Kiddi’s The wonderful short life of the dog Ramadan , Ghazi Gheblawi’s The Rosy Dream , Mohammed al-Asfar’s The Hoopoe , Ahmed Fagih’s pyschological drama Lobsters , Najwa Binshatwan’s His Excellency the Eminence of the Void , Azza Kamil al-Maghour’s The Bicycle , Mohammed al-Arishiya’s The Snake Catcher , Mohammed al-Anaizi’s He was Holding a Rosary . Giuma Bukleb gives us two tales set in North London, while Omar Abulqasim Alkikli and Redwan Abushwesha provide much food for thought with their very short satirical stories.
The excerpts and chapters from novels include Saleh Snoussi’s historical saga, set in Ottoman times, Valley of the Wind , Hisham Matar’s new work, written in English, Anatomy of a Disappearance , Wafa Al-Bueissa’s Hunger has Other Faces , Ibrahim al-Koni’s New Waw , about the winged people – birds of the desert, Mohammed Mesrati’s work-in-progress Mama Pizza , whose hero is Ali Guevara, and Razan Naim Moghrabi’s Women of the Wind.
Banipal 40 also includes works by award-winning authors from Morocco, Oman and Lebanon, respectively Abdelkarim Jouiti, Jokha al-Harthi, Abdo Wazen, plus an in-depth interview with Lebanese novelist Alawiya Sobh.