For the first time, two works have been chosen as co-winners of the University of Arkansas Award for the Translation of Arabic Literature, which is set to be announced today at the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) annual meeting:
All Faces but Mine: The Poetry of Samih al-Qassim, translated by Abdulwahid Lulua
The Perception of Meaning, by Hisham Bustani, tranlslated by Thoraya El-Rayyes
The $10,000 University of Arkansas award is generally split between the author and translator, and the winning book — or in this case books — are published by Syracuse University Press. According to the press, they are scheduled to come out in 2016.
Al-Qasim, a beloved Palestinian poet, receives the award posthumously, as he died this August after a long battle with cancer. He was 75.
Thus far, only one collection of al-Qasim’s works, Sadder than Water, trans. Nazih Kassis, has been published in English translation…
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