Banipal Book Club: The popular book club will be discussing the novel 'The Presiden'ts Gardens' by Iraqi author Muhsin al-Ramli which has recently been translated into English by Luke Leafgren and won the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for 2018. Set during the last fifty years of Iraqi history, it tells the story of three friends and explores how ordinary people have been affected by historic events such as wars, the blockade of Iraq and the invasion of Kuwait.
Banipal Book Club
Banipal Book Club Meeting: The popular book club retruns and its first meeting of 2019 will be discussing 'Baghdad Noir', a collection of short stories featuring work by some of Iraq’s most well-known authors, including: Ahmed Saadawi, Muhsin al-Ramli, Sinan Antoon and Ali Bader. 'Baghdad Noir' is part of Akashic Books’ award-winning series of original noir anthologies. Attendess will be joined (in person or maybe via video link) by the book’s editor, Samuel Shimon, and by two of the translators whose work features in the book.
Banipal Book Club Meeting: For the last Book Club meeting of the year, the group will consider 'In the Spider's Room' by Muhammad Abdelnabi and translated by Jonathan Wright, who will be present and joining in the discussion.
Banipal Book Club: The popular book club returns and will be discussing the novella and film adaptation of 'Men in the Sun' by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani. Kanafani’s novella, first published in Arabic in 1962 and subsequently translated into many languages, tells of the Palestinian experience following the creation of Israel through the stories of four men. Abu Qais, Assad and Marwan are trying to reach Kuwait in the hope of finding work and improving their families’ impoverished situation.
Banipal Book Club - Midaq Alley: The Banipal Club will be discussing the book 'Midaq Alley' by Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz. As the Banipal 62 issue will have the theme of literature and film, the Club will also consider the film adaptations of the novel. Published in Arabic in 1947, it was translated into English by Trevor Le Gassick in 1966.
Banipal Book Club: The popular book club is back to discuss the novel 'Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge' by Egyptian author Ezzedine C Fishere. The work deals with the migrant experience and the encounter between East and West. On the eve of Salma’s twenty-first birthday, scattered friends and family converge on New York for a celebration organized by Darwish, her obstinate grandfather.
Banipal Book Club: The Banipal book club returns to discuss 'The Bamboo Stalk' by Kuwaiti author Saud Alsanousi, a story that won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2013 and the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation in 2016.
Banipal Book Club: The wonderful book club returns for another evening to discuss the novel 'Dates on My Fingers', written by Iraqi author Muhsin al-Ramli and translated by Luke Leafgren. Longlisted for the 'International Prize for Arabic Fiction', this book is a powerful tale of revenge and bitterness as well as an exploration of exile in the modern world. Set between Iraq and Madrid, its protagonist Saleem grows up in a strict and religious family village but later flees to Madrid to start a new life.
Banipal Book Club Meeting: The next book under discussion will be 'The Corpse Washer' that has been written and translated by the Iraqi writer and academic Sinan Antoon. This book, which won the 'Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize' last year, can be purchased online or borrowed from the Arab British Centre (ABC) library. Everyone is welcome to participate in the informal discussion and readings but must RSVP to: [email protected]. Taking place on 19 March, 2015 at the ABC premises, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.
Banipal Book Club Meeting: Banipal, the magazine of modern Arab literature, invites its library members for an open-evening to discuss 'The Arch and the Butterfly' by Mohammed Achaari. Banipal, keen to promote live literature events that include Arab authors, will be hosting this group meeting on 22 January, 2015 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. Everyone is welcome but must RSVP in advance to: [email protected].