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Al-Gharaq: Hikayat al-Qahr wal-Wanas (Drowning: Tales of Oppression and Togetherness) by Hammour Ziada 126 The novel, reviewed by Abla Oudeh 129 Chapter 1 from the novel, translated by Jonathan Wright

Ma’a al-Ward (Rosewater) by Noura Mohammad Faraj 141 The novel, reviewed by Katia al-Tawil 144 Two chapters from the novel, translated by Jonathan Wright 152 Ezzedine Choukri Fishere in conversation with Jonathan Smolin 159 An excerpt from the novel Exit by Ezzedine Choukri

Fishere, translated by Jonathan Smolin

LETTERS 163 Four letters to Denys Johnson-Davies from Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

INTERVIEW 172 Ghassan Fergiani of Darf Publishers talks to

Valentina Viene about publishing Arabic literature

TRIBUTE 179 Shimon Ballas 1930–2019 180 Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani – Farewell to an Arab Jew 187 Elias Khoury – The Iraqi Jewish outsider

BOOK REVIEWS 191 Stephanie Petit: Love is an Ex-Country by Randa Jarrar 194 Chip Rossetti: Ice by Sonallah Ibrahim 198 Hannah Somerville: Mama Hissa’s Mice by Saud Alsanousi 203 Susannah Tarbush: The Libyan Novel: Humans, Animals and the Poetics of Vulnerability by Charis Olszok 208 Samira Kawar: ‘Ush al-Jamr (Embers’ Den) by Zuheir al-Hiti

BOOKS IN BRIEF 210 Poetry – Revolt Against the Sun: The selected Poetry of Nazik al-Malaikah, Fugitive Atlas by Khaled Mattawa 211 Fiction – Agadir by Mohamed Khaïr-Eddine, Voices of the

Lost by Hoda Barakat, My Patchwork Life by Tamara Yousry

EVENT 212 The 2020 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize Lecture 214 PHOTO ALBUM 221 CONTRIBUTORS 224 LAST PAGE

Heart of Robot Angel

We never Swim in the same River Twice

The Madness of Despair


Letters to DJD

Saluting Beirut

Embers’ Den


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