But You Don’t Look Arab
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
3M ago
But You Don’t Look Arab: And Other Tales of Unbelonging Type: Autobiography ‏‎‏Author: Hala Gorani Date: 2024 ‏‎‏Place: Syria, France, Lebanon, USA, Iraq, Egypt. The experience of a foreign correspondent from 1990s- 2020s ‏‎‏Pages: 336 ‏‎‏English Translation: Original in English Prizes: To my knowledge not yet (just been published at time of review) My Score: 4.0/5.0 “Remember that you are our guests” he said. “And we are responsible for your safety. If you report something that is wrong. I cant guarantee that we will be able to keep you safe.” -Syrian Minister of Information, on granting Hal ..read more
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Saraya, the Ogre’s Daughter. سرايا بنت الغول
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
5M ago
Type: Novel ‏‎‏Author: Emile Habiby Date: 1991 ‏‎‏Place: Palestine, Haifa and the Carmel, 1930s- 1990s ‏‎‏Pages: 237 ‏‎‏English Translation: Yes Prizes: Nominated for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literature translation My Score: 2.5 or 3.0/5.0 Is it possible to meet her (Saraya) after all these decades, and does she remain a young girl after all this time? To my friends, do not say: “There is nothing left to lose”! I swear that standing on the ruins of our homes, a fallen wall or facing a rock while in solitary confinement is better than living in a decorated palace above the clo ..read more
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Against the Loveless World
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
6M ago
Type: Novel ‏‎‏Author: Susan Abulhawa Date: 2019 ‏‎‏Place: Kuwait, Jordan and Palestine 1980s-2010 ‏‎‏Pages: 384 ‏‎‏English Translation: Original in English and translated into Italian, German, Spanish (and many more) Prizes: Arab American Book Award (2021), Palestinian Book Award (2020) My Score: 4.5/5.0 Palestinians prospered and had a major hand in building Kuwait as the world knows it now. We participated and contributed in nearly every sector of life, but we remained an underclass. People think Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait was some kind of massacre, but that isn’t true. The real horrors h ..read more
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They Called me a Lioness
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
7M ago
They Called me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom Type: Auto-biography ‏‎‏Author: Ahed Tamimi & Dena Takruri Date: 2022 ‏‎‏Place: Palestine- Nabi Saleh and West Bank ‏‎‏Pages: 228 ‏‎‏English Translation: Original in English My score: 4.5/5.0 The memories I’ll never be able to shake, no matter how hard I try, now revisit me in an ambush. There I am, a five-year-old girl, sobbing in the middle of the night because Israeli soldiers have once again barged into our house to arrest my father. I see my mother falling on the concrete road after being shot by a soldier in a jeep; my ..read more
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The Wandering Palestinian
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
7M ago
The Wandering Palestinian: a memoir Type: Autobiography Author: Anan Ameri Date: 2020 Place: USA, Palestine, Jordan 1980s- 2020s Pages: 224 English Translation: Original in English My Score: 4.0/5.0 Like other immigrants, when I arrived, and to the distress of those who don’t like immigrants, I couldn’t shed my culture, identify, and sense of belonging. I was a proud young woman, full of hope and the promise that our generation could change the world. I was proud of my heritage, of my Arab-Palestinian identity, and of my people. Anan Ameri is a Palestinian, a tireless activist and the curator ..read more
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Arabian Sands
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
7M ago
Type: History, Autobiography Author: Wilfred Thesiger Date: First published 1959 Place: The Deserts of Arabia covering Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the 1940’s Pages: 347 English Translation: Original in English. Translated to Arabic as الرمال العربية My Score: 5.0/5.0 I went there with a belief in my own racial superiority, but in their tents I felt like an uncoth, inarticulate barbarian, an intruder from a shoddy and materialistic world. Yet from them I learnt how welcoming are the Arabs and how generous is their hospitality. Even before I left Arabia in 1950, th ..read more
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I will not Forget a Genocide
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
7M ago
  I will not forget    the young girl trapped in the rubble of her home       encased underground in a tomb of concrete walls               begging the rescuers to first find and dig out                 her brother and mother and father and grandparents,                      and only then coming back for her at the end I will not forget     The man running into the hospital       carrying a young girl in ..read more
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Minor Detail. تفصيل ثانوي
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
7M ago
Type: Novel ‏‎‏Author: Adania Shibli Date: 2017 ‏‎‏Place: Palestine- Naqab Desert 1949 & West Bank and South Palestine 2000 ‏‎‏Pages: 115 ‏‎‏English Translation: Yes in 2020 (in addition to more than 5 other languages) Prizes: National Book Award for Translated Literature (Nominated 2020), International Booker Prize (Longlisted 2021), LiBeratupreis (Outrageously withdrawn 2023) My score: 3.8/5.0 By the way, I hope I did not cause discomfort when I mentioned the incidence of the soldier or the checkpoint, or when I explain that we are under an occupation. The sounds of gun shots and warnin ..read more
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Eight Months on Ghazzah Street
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
7M ago
Type: Part autobiography, part novel ‏‎‏Author: Hilary Mantel Date: 1988 ‏‎‏Place: Saudi Arabia early 1980s ‏‎‏Pages: 320 ‏‎‏English Translation: Original in English My score: 4.0/5.0 “When I look back on this diary it seems to be all about the money. At least, it’s always been there between the lines” Frances “I have noticed that the papers don’t carry reports of crimes, just reports of punishments. But if there are punishments, there must be crimes” Hilary Mantel is certainly not someone I associate with Arabic Literature. Her novels focus almost exclusively on English history and drama. P ..read more
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Adania Shibli book award withdrawn because she is a Palestinian
Arabic Bookworm
by ArabicBookworm
7M ago
To start, What is happening in Gaza is a crime. A travesty. An outrage. It could not be supported, excused, hidden, justified, glossed over, glorified or in any way or form make it seem as an acceptable action for any reason. There are better platforms denouncing, documenting and showcasing the crimes committed in Gaza and on the Palestinian people. My humble Arabic book review site can not compete. What caught my eye however was banning of the author Adania Shibli from an award she was supposed to receive for her book Minor Detail. The book event was the Frankfurt Book Fair. The award was th ..read more
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