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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“Beirut 39” is a collection of stories and poems, edited by Samuel Shimon. The collection is the product of a literary competition in the Arab world, young authors and poets, all under 40 years of age ... Read full review


Abdelkader Benali
Abderrahim Elkhassar
Adania Shibli
Ahmad Yamani
Dima Wannous
Hala Kawtharani
Hussein al Abri
Hyam Yared
Mansoura Ez Eldin
Mohammad Salah al Azab
Najwa Binshatwan
Nazem El Sayed
Randa Jarrar
Samar Yezbek
Yahya Amqassim

Kamel Riahi

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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

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