About the Saif Ghobash – Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

Kutub’s July selection honored Kareem James Abu-Zeid, who was one of the runner-ups of 2010’s Saif Ghobash – Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his work with Cities without Palms (Mudun bila nakhil) by Tarek Etayeb.  Here is more about the prize and why it is so important. Continue reading

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The Palm House (bayt un-nakhiil) by Tarek Eltayeb

Continuing the story begun in our July Kutub selection – Cities without Palms (mudun bilaa nakhiil) – Tarek Eltayeb’s second novel The Palm House (bayt un-nakhiil) has just been published in Cairo. Here we read how Hamza, the novel’s narrator once more travels to Europe, this time to Vienna, where he scrapes out a living selling newspapers on the street. Continue reading

Cities without Palms (Mudun bila nakhil) by Tarek Etayeb – translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid

Kutub’s July selection honored the translator Kareem James Abu-Zeid, who was one of the runner-ups of 2010’s Saif Ghobash – Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his work with Cities without Palms (Mudun bila nakhil) by Tarek Etayeb.  Eltayeb’s first novel, Cities without Palms offers an uncompromising depiction of poverty in both the developed and the developing world. With its simple yet elegant style, it tells of a tragic human life punctuated by moments of true joy.

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