Words without Borders Editorial Director, Susan Harris, and Chip Rossetti, publisher, translator, and managing editor of the Library of Arabic Literature translation series at NYU Press, talk Literature of the Arab Spring on Here on Earth.
“When the massacres began in 1990 we had our doors bulletproofed. Friends from Algiers came to find refuge with us. Others lost their lives, in their beds, leaving work, merely going round the wrong corner.”—Leïla Marouane. Read more at Words without Borders.
“They used the jazz and rock-and-roll recordings they had brought with them for this and danced to the beat, which they skillfully slowed down or speeded up to fit the pace of the orations and maqamas that faded away into the profound darkness. Once the great palace became a point of destination for people arriving from the most remote cities on the globe, McDonald’s turned up as usual, quickly bringing its white trucks and brown laborers to build stands to sell burgers and Coca-Cola.”—from Founding Fathers by Fadhil al-Azzawi. Read more at Words without Borders.