Banipal Book Club

Banipal Book Club

Banipal Book Club: The popular book club returns and will be discussing the novella and film adaptation of 'Men in the Sun' by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani. Kanafani’s novella, first published in Arabic in 1962 and subsequently translated into many languages, tells of the Palestinian experience following the creation of Israel through the stories of four men. Abu Qais, Assad and Marwan are trying to reach Kuwait in the hope of finding work and improving their families’ impoverished situation.

Banipal Book Club - Midaq Alley

Banipal Book Club - Midaq Alley: The Banipal Club will be discussing the book 'Midaq Alley' by Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz. As the Banipal 62 issue will have the theme of literature and film, the Club will also consider the film adaptations of the novel. Published in Arabic in 1947, it was translated into English by Trevor Le Gassick in 1966.

Banipal Book Club

Banipal Book Club: The popular book club is back to discuss the novel 'Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge' by Egyptian author Ezzedine C Fishere. The work deals with the migrant experience and the encounter between East and West. On the eve of Salma’s twenty-first birthday, scattered friends and family converge on New York for a celebration organized by Darwish, her obstinate grandfather.

Banipal Book Club

Banipal Book Club: The Banipal book club returns to discuss 'The Bamboo Stalk' by Kuwaiti author Saud Alsanousi, a story that won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2013 and the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation in 2016.

Banipal Book Club

Banipal Book Club: The wonderful book club returns for another evening to discuss the novel 'Dates on My Fingers', written by Iraqi author Muhsin al-Ramli and translated by Luke Leafgren. Longlisted for the 'International Prize for Arabic Fiction', this book is a powerful tale of revenge and bitterness as well as an exploration of exile in the modern world. Set between Iraq and Madrid, its protagonist Saleem grows up in a strict and religious family village but later flees to Madrid to start a new life.

Banipal Book Club Meeting

Banipal Book Club Meeting: The next book under discussion will be 'The Corpse Washer' that has been written and translated by the Iraqi writer and academic Sinan Antoon. This book, which won the 'Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize' last year, can be purchased online or borrowed from the Arab British Centre (ABC) library. Everyone is welcome to participate in the informal discussion and readings but must RSVP to: marco@banipal.co.uk. Taking place on 19 March, 2015 at the ABC premises, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.

Banipal Book Club Meeting

Banipal Book Club Meeting: Banipal, the magazine of modern Arab literature, invites its library members for an open-evening to discuss 'The Arch and the Butterfly' by Mohammed Achaari. Banipal, keen to promote live literature events that include Arab authors, will be hosting this group meeting on 22 January, 2015 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE. Everyone is welcome but must RSVP in advance to: annamaria@banipal.co.uk.

Short Stories from the Arab World

Short Stories from the Arab World: The Banipal Book Club will host three 20-minute story-telling circles, each with a different story from a different Arab country, published in recent Banipal issues and books. These interactive performances will be complemented by Moroccan refreshments. Part of the Nour Festival 2013, this event will take place on 24 October, 2013 at the Kensington Central Library. It is free but booking is required.