Articles tagged "Yemen"


Declining Freedom

Translator’s Note:  In Wajdi al-Ahdal’s novel Donkey in the Choir, Tha’ira, the rebellious wife of a Yemeni politician, has neglected work on her master’s degree since her…...

Mukhtar

When my mother asked me to spend the summer in her brothers’ house in the south, I employed every sophistry of my sixteen years—an age when only a mother pays attention to your budding philosophy…...

Hanzala

It’s August 2000, and I’m overwhelmed by this emotional leavetaking. It’s the first time you’ve ever dreaded visiting your grandfather al-Atawi, but it’s because you’re…...

August 2011


An Open Letter to Mohamed Bouazizi

Dear Brother: I write these few lines to let you know we’re doing well, on the whole, though it varies from day to day: sometimes the wind changes, it rains lead, life bleeds from every pore. To…...

July 2011


Arabic


Muhammad al Sharafi, “Changing Veils”, “Literacy Through Poetry”

And here I am, behind my cloak An ardent hope and a burning fever I thirst for meeting with you, My beloved But there is my veil, my curse, O my beloved. —(M. al Sharafi, 1970, translation Carla…...

from “Identity”

You who will murder me, wait. Look into my eyes before you begin-or end- It's the same for me. It might be that you reconsider. You, who are formed by remorse whose breath is the issue of accident,…...