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Reflections on ‘Silence is a Sense’

I: Fear and Expression Let me begin with a quotation, not from the book I’m about to consider but from another it called to my mind: In the fearful years of the Yezhov terror I spent seventeen months in prison … Continue reading

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RAQABIYYA, or Neck Tax

RAQABIYYA, or Neck Tax Granny, chewing a date, transmits her soul, then presses it between the baby girl’s lips. “[They] suffer from the tyranny of their masters more keenly than language can express,” observes Captain Robert Taylor of the East India Companyas he passes … Continue reading

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Review: The Arabic Prose Poem by Huda Fakhreddine

I had the pleasure of discovering Huda Fakhreddine’s work a few months ago, just as I set myself the challenge to write more in Arabic. Her articles on the Arabic prose poem were insightful, and so I eagerly awaited her … Continue reading

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