The military conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq have cut into MENA publishers’ ability to sell and distribute books, while piracy remains a top concern.
Publishers in the Middle East describe how they are trying to get around daily challenges, in particular falling book sales, resulting from instability.
At the Frankfurt Book Fair’s Weltempfang stage, publishers from Nigeria, Syria, and the Ukraine discussed their experiences publishing in the midst of conflict.
Egypt, where book sales have fallen by 50%, has given a home to several Syrian Islamic publishers who say the faithful need them as much now as before.
The new book, Syria Speaks, brings together writing, cartoons, and artwork from over fifty Syrians who stand firmly against tyranny and violence.
Syrian novelist Moustafa Khalifé discusses the writing his novel about his long imprisonment, ‘La Coquille,’ and the lingering effects of incarceration.
Actes Sud editor Farouk Mardam-Bey is responsible for some 80% of France’s translations of Arabic literature and has put a new spotlight on Syrian works.
Syria’s civil war has decimated the local publishing business, all-but-ending the printing and sale of new books, and forcing many publishers and authors to emigrate.
Translating poetry is more than just how the language is structured, but also how thoughts and emotions are structured as well, says Adonis.
Arabia Books, celebrating its 5th anniversary, is on a mission to promote cross-cultural communication by publishing English translations of top Arabic writers.