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116 Monir Almajid: Qamishlo, translated by John Peate 129 Mohamad Alaaedin Abdul Moula: Seventeen

Poems, translated by Paul Starkey


Introduced by Carl de Stycker, Michiel Scharpé and Patrick Peeters 144 Kathleen Vereecken: Excerpt from the novel Hair,

translated by Michele Hutchison 152 Bart Van der Straeten: Four Poems, translated by

Astrid Alben 158 Roderik Six: Excerpt from the novel Fall, translated by Brian Doyle 168 Tom Van de Voorde: Eleven Poems, translated by

Astrid Alben 174 Fikri El Azzouzi: Excerpt from the novel Drarrie in the Night, translated by Anna Asbury 184 Charlotte Van den Broeck: Five Poems, translated by Astrid Alben

189 BOOK REVIEWS 189 Laura Ferreri: No Knives in the Kitchens of this City by

Khaled Khalifa 192 Samira Kawar: The Dove’s Necklace by Raja Alem 195 Becki Maddock: The Longing of the Dervish by

Hammour Ziada 198 Peter Clark: Sonallah Ibrahim, Rebel with a Pen by

Paul Starkey 200 Paul Blezard: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, by Hisham Matar 203 Olivia Snaije: About My Mother by Tahar Ben Jelloun 206 Jonathan Wright: Iraqi Jewish Novelists by Khalida

Hatim Alwan 213 Clare Roberts: The Ninety-Ninth Floor by Jana Fawaz

El Hassan 215 Susannah Tarbush: Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary

Affects and the New Political by Tarek El-Ariss 220 Emma Branagan: The Jasmine Sneeze by Nadine


Toufic Abdul-Al (1938–2002) is remembered as a major Palestinian artist, born in Acre, forced to leave for Lebanon in 1948, who painted, in oils and water colours, sculpted and drew all his life. We thank his son Tarek for kind permission to reproduce Toufic’s painting of a mother holding her children to her, made following the horrific Tel al-Zaatar massacre of 1976.

Liana Badr

Muhsin al-Ramli

Charlotte Van den Broeck

Roderik Six

Kathleen Vereecken


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