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July Blalack

Portrait of writer and translator July Blalack

July Blalack

July Blalack’s passion for the diverse literatures of Mauritania started in 2015 after attending the festival Traversées Mauritanides in the capital city of Nouakchott. Her history of Mauritanian novels was then published in The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions in 2017. She has reviewed several Mauritanian books for, and is now applying for grants to translate Mauritanian science fiction novels into English. July is also in the final stages of a doctoral program at SOAS, University of London, and her academic article “Hidāyat man ḥārā fī amr al-Naṣāra: the Western Sahara’s Missing Witness at the International Court of Justice?” won the Mark Tessler Graduate Student Paper Prize in 2020. 

Articles by July Blalack

Movement and Stasis
By July Blalack
Mauritanian literature foregrounds characters on the move.
By Moussa Ould Ebnou
What you are witnessing is the last face of the Earth.
Translated from Arabic by July Blalack