Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East

Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East

Joumana Haddad Fadwa al Qasem فدوى القاسم / Jan 22, 2020
Madinah City Stories from the Middle East Conjuring the unpredictability of city life in the Middle East this compilation of stories reveals the metropolis itself through a vibrant assortment of personalities From the celebrated author colle
  • Title: Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East
  • Author: Joumana Haddad Fadwa al Qasem فدوى القاسم
  • ISBN: 9781905583201
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • Conjuring the unpredictability of city life in the Middle East, this compilation of stories reveals the metropolis itself through a vibrant assortment of personalities From the celebrated author collecting an award in the city that exiled him decades before to the forlorn lover waiting at a rendezvous as government officials raid nearby shops, this anthology shows how urbConjuring the unpredictability of city life in the Middle East, this compilation of stories reveals the metropolis itself through a vibrant assortment of personalities From the celebrated author collecting an award in the city that exiled him decades before to the forlorn lover waiting at a rendezvous as government officials raid nearby shops, this anthology shows how urban existence is changing faster than ever Additional tales include engineers racing to complete another world s tallest building in Dubai, American helicopters patrolling the Martyrs Bridge in Baghdad, and an Israeli general who invites guests to watch promotional videos for the tank that will win the next war while eating biscuits and reciting poetry, all revealing that it is not the landmarks but the people that define the communities across this region Opening the door to a diversity of subtle and concealed elements, these narratives illustrate how much is not known about this fascinating part of the world.
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      • Joumana Haddad Fadwa al Qasem فدوى القاسم

        Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese poet, translator, journalist and women rights activist.She s been selected as one of the world s 100 most powerful Arab women in March 2014 by CEO magazine Middle East position 62 , for her cultural and social activism.She is head of the Cultural pages for An Nahar newspaper, and an instructor of creative writing at the Lebanese American University in Beirut She s also the editor in chief of Jasad magazine, a controversial Arabic magazine specialized in the literature and arts of the body She has already published several essays and poetry collections, widely acclaimed by critics Her books have been translated to many languages and published abroad.Speaking seven languages, Haddad is a polyglot and has written books in different languages, and has also published several works of translation, including an anthology of Lebanese modern poetry in Spanish, published in Spain as well as in many Latin American countries, and an anthology of 150 poets who committed suicide in the 20th century.She interviewed many international writers, such as Umberto Eco, Paul Auster, Jose Saramago, Peter Handke, Elfriede Jelinek, and others.Joumana Haddad has been awarded the Arab Press Prize in 2006.In October 2009, she has been chosen as one of the 39 most interesting Arab writers under 39.In November 2009, she won the International Prize North South for poetry, of the Pescarabruzzo Foundation in Italy.The winner of the novel prize was Austrian writer Peter Handke.In February 2010, she won the Blue Metropolis Al Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize.In August 2010, she received the Rodolfo Gentili Prize in Porto Recanati, Italy.In November 2012, she received the Cutuli Prize for journalism in Catania, Italy.In July 2013, she was appointed honorary ambassador for culture and human rights for the city of Naples in the Mediterranean by the mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris.In February 2014, she was awarded the Career Poetry Prize by the Archicultura Foundation in Acquiterme, Italy.Haddad s magazine is the feature of a 2013 film by Amanda Homsi Ottosson, Jasad The Queen of Contradictions, a Women Make Movies release.

    556 Comments

    1. This book is nice to discover some Middle Eastern writers however some of them did not really get me into the story, it could be because of the translation but still


    2. Madinah is a collection of ten short stories from ten middle eastern cities, edited by Joumana Haddad, the author of the story set in Beirut and the only female author of the ten All but two of the stories are translated from the original Arabic, Turkish, or Hebrew Each of the ten stories centers around loneliness or some kind of loss, most of the protagonists missing someone they never had, instead of someone who went away Least tortured are Istanbul s The Award by Nedim Gursel,, Akka s The Pas [...]


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