Banipal is a great literary magazine about Arab writers, from poets to novelists. Founded in 1998, Banipal is an independent source for information on contemporary literature from all over the Arab world in English translation. The three issues a year present established and new Arab authors and poets in English for the first time through poems, short stories or excerpts from novels, and include author interviews, profiles and book reviews. Each issue is well illustrated with author photographs with the full colour covers featuring prominent Arab artists.
On Monday, May 3rd we enjoyed a special Kutub discussion of The Night Counter, along with the author Alia Yunis – at a special time of 7:30 pm. While this was the first ever Kutub selection which is only available in English, we were delighted to make an exception to have the author join us. We look forward to the day when The Night Counter is translated into Arabic. Shifting between the U.S. and the Middle East over the last hundred years, in this reinvention of the epic 1,001 nights here Yunis crafts a bewitching novel imbued with great humanity, imagination, and a touch of magic realism.