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Jurji Zaidan's Arabic Historical Novels


Educating and Entertaining the Public

By writing historical novels, Jurji Zaidan wanted to provide the common Arabic people with an accurate sense of their own history in an accessible, entertaining way. His novels were unavailable in English for nearly a century. But now, in the last two years, six English translations have appeared. By M. Lynx QualeyMore

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Interview with Iraqi author Hadiya Hussein

''I feel closer to my country when I'm away''

Iraqi author Hadiya Hussein has been away from Iraq for more than a dozen years, yet her fiction is still filled with its concerns. Her 2004 novel "Beyond Love", recently published in English translation, is full of exile, separation, and love. Hussein talked with M. Lynx Qualey about home, memory, and how living outside the country affects her writingMore