September 29, 2013

Arabic Reading Group in New York City


The London-based publisher And Other Stories (AOS) will be running Arabic-English reading groups this fall: In Cairo, in NYC, and online. Participating readers will peruse three novels — the full novels in Arabic or excerpts in English — and talk through their opinions. Should one (or all?) of them be published in translation?

For a reading group this fall, AOS has chosen books from Finnegan’s List, a list of under-recognized works suggested by prominent writers and compiled by the European Society of Authors. In 2012, Syrian author Samar Yazbek suggested three Syrian novels for the list: The Epidemic by Hani al-Rahib, The Shell by Mustafa Khalifa, and Ascension to Death by Mamdouh Azzam. The group is open to those who read in Arabic and those who don’t: Excerpts from the three novels will be translated and posted on the AOS website.

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