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New review: 'Men of Capital'

Electronic Intifada, 14th January 2016

Defying stereotypes of Mandate-period Palestinians as divided between a distant, dislocated upper class of “notables” and a majority of uneducated, rebellious peasants, Seikaly charts the complexities of Palestinian society of the time.

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Reviewed: 'La Estrella Invisible'

Electronic Intifada, 17th September 2015

On one level, these are deeply personal poems — intimate, allusive, sometimes subtly erotic. On another, though, the subtitle of the collection betrays the larger question of identity and politics which lies behind the individual experience.

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Translation as Solidarity: The Book of Gaza

GUEST BLOG – Sarah Irving, translator for The Book of Gaza,  has written a post on translation, the current situation in Gaza and her experiences and thoughts as a translator. 897 more words

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My guest post on the Comma Press blog, reflecting on my experience of translating for Comma's Book of Gaza.

New Review: Darwish, 'Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?'

Electronic Intifada, 24 April 2015

In the closing poem of the book, Darwish shapes a scenario which could be that of the West Bank in which he lived his final years.

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Statement from the newly-banned Sudanese Writers Union

Below is the text of a public statement from the Sudanese Writers Union, dated February 1st, and commenting on its closure by the Sudanese government. As the statement mentions, it’s not the only cultural organisation to be shut down in recent weeks; in addition to the list in the letter, Mafroosh, a monthly book market taking place in Khartoum and described by my colleague Raph Cormack… 308 more words

Middle East

Book Review - Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

“Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg is an inspiring practical guide for women who work. The author is the COO of Facebook. 224 more words

Women - General

New review: Khaled Mattawa on Mahmoud Darwish

Electronic Intifada, 1st July 2014

This isn’t a biography. Although one would be fascinating, Darwish always insisted that his poetry should represent his life story.

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Palestine