Al Koni on translation

A little item at the Literary Saloon recently about Lybian author Ibrahim Al Koni caught my eye. Al Koni was talking about translation at the Dubai literature festival recently. This reminded me that his novel "Nazeef Al Hajar" ("The Bleeding of the Stone") was one of the great discoveries and pleasures of a language-cum-literature class I took last year with Professor Hussein Hamouda, of Cairo University. A number of his other novels--mostly set among tribes in the Lybian desert--have also been translated. I can't describe how powerful and original his work is.
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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.