Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Sep 6, 2010 - Literary Collections - 320 pages
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Beirut is the 2009 World Book Capital, as designated by UNESCO, and at the center of the festivities, in collaboration with the world-renowned Hay Festival, is a competition to identify the thirty-nine most promising young talents in Arab literature. The selection of the "Beirut 39" follows the success of a similar competition in the 2007 World Book Capital, Bogotá, celebrating achievements in Latin American literature.

This year, for the first time, the winners-nominated by publishers, literary critics, and readers across the Arab world and internationally, and selected by a panel of eminent Arab writers, academics, and journalists-will be published together in a one-of-a-kind anthology. Edited by Samuel Shimon of Banipal magazine, the collection will be published simultaneously in Arabic and English throughout the world by Bloomsbury and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing.

Beirut 39 provides an important look at the Arab-speaking world today, through the eyes of thirty-nine of its brightest young literary stars.
 

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User Review  - wordsampersand - LibraryThing

It’s in the title: short stories, novel excerpts, or poems by 39 young writers from the Arabic-speaking world (plus a few expats living in the West). It’s a nice primer on some of the more interesting ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fullmoonblue - LibraryThing

This is a fabulous collection of short works. Not a great introduction to Arabic fiction, perhaps, but an intriguing assortment of short works by many largely unknown/untranslated writers, perfect for ... Read full review

Contents

Abdelkader Benali
8
Abderrahim Elkhassar
24
Adania Shibli
43
Ahmad Yamani
57
Dima Wannous
72
Hala Kawtharani
92
Hussein al Abri
109
Hyam Yared
123
Mansoura Ez Eldin
155
Mohammad Salah al Azab
168
Najwa Binshatwan
182
Nazem El Sayed
198
Randa Jarrar
215
Samar Yezbek
230
Yahya Amqassim
255
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Kamel Riahi
137

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About the author (2010)

Samuel Shimon is the co-founder and deputy editor of Banipal, a highly respected magazine of new Arab writing in English translation. He is also the founder and editor of Kikah, the most popular cultural website in Arabic. His autobiographical novel An Iraqi in Paris was long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Amin Maalouf is the author of many works of fiction, including Leo the African and Samarkand, as well as non-fiction, including The Crusades through Arab Eyes and In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong
www.beirut39.com

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